Amid closings of several local stores that feed our artistic and creative pursuits — Hastings Entertainment, Staples office supplies, Craft Warehouse — here’s one that’s still thriving and has NO plans to shutter its doors anytime soon.
Encouraging Words, the faith-based retailer at 529 S. Wenatchee Ave., celebrated its 25th year in 2016. “And we hope to go another 25 years,” says owner Carol Covert. The store carries books, music, clothes, all kinds of Christian gifts and lots of other stuff.
This reminder that the store is busy and healthy comes after a few Facebook postings that mentioned the store on a list of closures in the area. “Nope,” says Covert. “People should know that we’re doing just fine — very fine.”
With the closing of Hastings, Carol reminded local book lovers that Encouraging Words can order any book — not just faith-based titles — and have it here in a couple of days or so. Yes, even New York Times best-sellers or mushy romance novels.
“We’re a real bookstore,” she said. “And for folks who want to keep their buying local, we can get in a book about as quickly as Amazon can deliver it.”