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Village recognizes closing book shop

March 18, 2009

The Shorewood Village Board on March 16 honored a business that will be closing at the end of the month.

The board presented a proclamation to Carol Grossmeyer, president of the 82-year-old Harry W. Schwartz book store chain. Grossmeyer, a Shorewood resident, opened a Schwartz bookstore in the village in 1993.

"I helped design the Shorewood store; I know where every nail is." Grossmeyer said after receiving the proclamation. "Shorewood has been a really supportive community."

The village in its proclamation praised Grossmeyer and other Schwartz staffers for contributing to the intellectual needs of residents by hosting author visits, and supporting the Shorewood School District by assisting teachers, displaying student art and participating in fundraising efforts with school-related parent and foundation groups.

Schwartz also operates stores in Brookfield, Mequon and Milwaukee. All four stores are slated to close Tuesday, March 31. Schwartz managers of the Mequon and Milwaukee stores have announced plans to reopen under new ownership and names.

- Dave Fidlin, Staff Writer

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