Bookstore honoured

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Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
Paperbark Merchants' Billie-Jo Whitbread, Joanne Morris, Anna Anderson and Kate Reynard.
Camera IconPaperbark Merchants' Billie-Jo Whitbread, Joanne Morris, Anna Anderson and Kate Reynard. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

One of Albany’s best-kept secrets has been recognised on the national stage after being named a finalist for Regional Bookstore of the Year.

Paperbark Merchants was named one of three runners-up in Leading Edge Books’ 2020 Awards celebrating the country’s top independent bookshops.

Owned and operated by the Cameron family for the past 20 years, the store attracts visitors from across the region on the hunt for the perfect page-turner.

Owner Lockie Cameron said the team was honoured to be recognised among some of their brightest peers.

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“It is about supporting the community and providing things to people that they didn’t know they wanted, such as recommending something that they’ve fallen in love with and just creating a haven for people to come and explore the world in books,” he said.

“We curate it specifically for our clientele and customers in Albany.

“We take a lot of time and passion in ordering the right stock for our customers.”

Mr Cameron said the store’s success was thanks to its hardworking and talented staff.

“The staff obviously are the key ingredient especially our attention to detail and customer satisfaction,” he said.

“I find them more of a family than anything and I value their input as much as my own.

“Without the people that we have here it wouldn’t be what it is.”

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