Vista Book Gallery, the longest running independent bookstore in Boise, is writing its final chapter this month.
The bookstore, which opened in 1976, will close at the end of July.
Owner Diane Leaverton told BW that she has decided to join her husband in retirement and begin planning a move to northern Idaho where the couple owns property.
The loss of the Bench bookstore leaves another hole in the local indie book market, which has taken pretty substantial hits due to big-box booksellers and the rise of Internet book sales. It's also a blow to local writers. Vista Book Gallery had a large selection of material from Idaho writers on its shelves as well as on its Web site.
Leaverton says what she'll miss most about the bookstore is her customers and yes, she does have a pretty long list of books to read during retirement.
If there's any good news here, it's that bookworms can get some decent deals on the bookstore's inventory. Everything—including the fixtures—is on sale.