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Some Bookstore is really something

Next week, the chamber will honor the owner as small business of the year

For anyone who likes to read, Some Bookstore in Sandy could become his or her new hangout.

After all, it has all the comforts of home: soft couches and chairs; coffee, tea or other beverages; local artwork hanging on the walls, including a couple of murals; and more than 16,000 books to read.

One local business owner, Thom Walker, has operated the popular venue for the past six years - serving the widely varied interests of the area's residents.

Some Bookstore is being recognized as the best small business of 2011 by a committee of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

Walker and his business will be honored at the chamber's monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Sandy Fire Department Annex, 17459 Bruns Ave.

Walker says he tries to go beyond what one would expect of a small-town book store.

He has all 16,000 books catalogued in a database that identifies their locations in the store. But if he doesn't have a rare or out-of-print book, he'll get one for any customer who asks.

He'll also suggest other books that may find an interest within his customers. He also offers what he calls 'Thom's Favorites,' which he describes as 'some truly out-of-the-ordinary reading.'

On occasion, the book store also serves as a venue to showcase art or music or as a meeting place for a book club or knitting circle.

The past six-plus years have been good to Walker. They have taught him much about his chosen field in retirement. He can talk book titles and authors and series and writing styles with the best literary minds - and his interests are eclectic.

So there's no need to go to a chain book store and talk with someone who mainly knows how to operate a cash register.

Come to Some Bookstore in Sandy, Walker says. If the book request isn't found among those 16,000 in the store, he can have any book in or out-of-print in the store in about a week or less.

First-time visitors to the store in Sandy tell Walker he has the most diverse collection of books they have seen.

Those literary materials are all packed on the 60 bookcases he built for the store

Some Bookstore in Sandy is at 39080 Pioneer Blvd., a short distance west of Highway 211.

The store is open Monday and Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information, call Walker at 503-668-9640.