Thursday, January 1, 2015

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author to Open Bookstore in Plainville, Mass.

Construction in downtown Plainville, Mass., where
new bookstore will open (photo by Eric)
Jeff Kinney, author of the popular children's book series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," and his wife Julie will be opening a bookstore in a new building that is sure to change the look of downtown Plainville, Mass.

Construction at the corner of 2 East Bacon and South Streets is well underway with the new three-story building taking over the former Falk's Market site, which through the years, turned from a beloved landmark into an out-of-business eyesore. That suburban blight is now a past chapter with a new story unfolding as a historical Federal architectural style can be already be witnessed driving by this central Plainville location.

The Sun Chronicle is reporting that the bookstore, along with plans for a cafe on the first floor, could be open by the spring 2015. Specific plans for the rest of the building are yet-to-be-determined but there is office space available.

I believe that this new building will be a game changer for downtown Plainville.  The district already has some wonderful elements, including Don's Diner and Norm's  Seafood, Purple Rooster Cafe, an old-time independently-owned pharmacy, a nice public library, terrific town park and very attractive tree-lined streets with beautiful older homes off the main drag. Adding an independently-owned bookstore and cafe within a nice-looking new building that blends in well with the look of this small town will surely potentiate the good bones of the downtown.

Kinney and his wife reside in Plainville, so this is really a wonderful way of them making their hometown even better. Kudos to them!

This is what the final project should look like:

2 East Bacon St. project. Photo credit: 2 East Bacon Facebook page
It is indeed a very exciting time for Plainville. Stay tuned, as this corner of Plainville is about to have a long-awaited makeover!

For updates on the building, log onto the 2 East Bacon Facebook fan page.

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