HONESDALE— Fresh local literature is available for purchase from burgeoning business, Loose Leaf Pages, stationed at 627-1, Main Street.
Since opening its doors for Independent Bookstore Day on April 29 earlier this year, Loose Leaf Pages has been a haven for bibliophiles in search of the unique voices offered by independent, locally published authors.
At present, the shop sells items from around 200 local authors and independent publishing companies.
When asked why she wanted to focus on local authors and small publishers, shop proprietor Cathleen Rivera stated, “Larger publishing companies, especially for first-time writers, don't accept work as is.”
She explained publishers will often request drastic changes to submitted work they deem unpopular with purchasers.
“It's so important to get these stories and voices out as the author intended,” she said.
Rivera's stacks include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, books to improve writing technique, and a whole section dedicated to authors in or from the area.
“There's so much talent in this area that I don't feel is being highlighted,” said Rivera.
“I think we're starting to recognize that with the arts, but when it comes to the local authors, I felt like there was a missing piece of the puzzle...”
Rivera mentioned that, while events such as the Hawley Authors Fest and the Writers & Readers Festival promote local authorship, the area lacked a physical presence year round.
Having grown up in the Honesdale area, Rivera stated the abundant sense of community seemed the perfect place to introduce a homestead for local authors.
Loose Leaf Pages employee Gael Showers stated the shop is “...great for Honesdale because it contains a space we didn't have.”
Showers explained the the facility as a gathering place for the creative-minded is a “crucial environment” for the town and its citizens.
Beyond the books
In addition to book sales, Loose Leaf Pages offers gathering space complete with tables and chairs perfect for reading one's selection or enjoying a cup of tea, freshly brewed from Rivera and her employees.
Using organic ingredients supplied from Mountain Rose Herbs in Oregon, Loose Leaf Pages offers around 20 original tea blends and an assortment of single-origin teas for sale.
Teas are served hot, cold or purchased in loose leaf tins for brewing at home.
A list of six new fall blends were unveiled earlier this month and winter brews are already in the works.
“It's always good to have new stuff,” said Rivera.
The artistically inclined will be delighted to hear that Loose Leaf Pages is part of the Art-A-Pelago gallery, serving as the island, Lesvos.
Loose Leaf Pages currently displays Dave Justice's “Hi-Res,” a collection of over 800 images drawn over a year.
Rivera stated having the gallery has been “great so far,” in that it compliments Loose Leaf Pages' function as a display of local talent.
Additionally, the gallery provides a unique cross-pollination of patrons who discover the art while visiting the business and those who discover the business through viewing the art.
The gallery changes seasonally, bringing a whole new look and feel to the business space, explained Rivera.
As time progresses, Rivera hopes to expand her selection, set aside space for a dedicated children and young adult section, and host author-focused events.
The store has hosted several community events in the past, including open mic nights.
Rivera invites those interested to join her at the shop this Friday evening, October 27, at 7 p.m. for a film screening to kick off Halloween early.
The store can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Loose Leaf Pages, Inc.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.