Prior to opening Black River Books on Memorial Weekend of 2007, the Hafermans had over 27,000 books in their small home and another several thousand in storage. Bookshelves filled their garage. Most of the books were boxed and labeled and waiting for the right location. The Hafermans supported their book-buying habit by selling select titles online.
The goal, however, was always to have a brick and mortar store. Although used bookstores are becoming “dinosaurs,” the Hafermans believe there are still book lovers who want to see and touch and smell the books they buy rather than to order them online.
In addition to the warm and friendly service the Hafermans offer, customers can expect a warm and friendly greeting from Booker & Dewey, the couple’s two Labradoodles. “The Boys” are hypoallergenic, so they won’t cause sneezes. They will go to their places if folks don’t like dogs or just don’t want to be bothered.