Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nantucket bookstore controlled by wife of Google CEO reopens after green renovation

While bookstores seem to be closing at a record pace, The Nantucket Independent reports that the island’s beloved Mitchell’s Book Corner, established in 1968, has reopened after closing last fall for an eight-month “green” renovation. The project, which includes a new second floor (that’s where the SF books are!) and an elevator for handicap access, reused original building material and ensured that all new materials were environmentally friendly. The bookstore is controlled by Wendy Schmidt, president of the Schmidt Family Foundation and wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, whose clever philanthropic vehicle ReMain Nantucket purchased the store and its historic building in January 2008. As part of the deal, the book business was leased to two store employees.

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