Kate’s Mystery Books is up for sale
The news is a long time coming but PW’s Judith Rosen has more details:
Sixty-one-year-old Kate Mattes, the Kate behind Kate’s Mystery
Books, is preparing for retirement by selling her building, a red
Victorian in North Cambridge, Mass. After 25 years, Mattes is not ready
to leave bookselling entirely. Instead, she is looking for a buyer for
her building and/or a partner, who will help her run Kate’s for the
next few years before taking it over entirely.
Mattes said her decision to sell the place that has been home to
both her and her business wasn’t fueled by changes in book retail. “I
realized that if something happened to me, my family wouldn’t know the
first thing about how to run a bookstore. They wouldn’t be able to keep
it open,” she said. Although Mattes plans to operate the store in its
present location at least through the holidays, she has already begun
cleaning out her apartment and will hold a yard sale later this month.
The store isn’t being cleaned out, though. “I have books I don’t have
room to put out,” she said.
In the meantime, Mattes is in the delicate position of reassuring
customers that the store will continue as it always has, while combing
her customer base for potential buyers. Mattes isn’t too worried about
jinxing sales. After all, she opened Kate’s on a Friday the 13th and
decorated the interior with black cats.
In other words, it’s going to take the right buyer and the right place to keep Kate’s in good hands. Let’s hope that’s the case soon.