The Book Nook - New Owners, New Location, Still A Great Used Bookstore

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Vincent Van Gogh said, "Bookstores always remind me there are good things in this world".   We had the pleasure of visiting one of those good things this weekend when we checked out the Book Nook in Burnt Hills. 

You may remember I did a post about the Book Nook in Ballston Lake back in March of 2023. The shop was very popular but personal circumstances arose causing the shop owner to close the shop. Like all proud business owners, Sue hoped to find someone to take over the shop and love and nurture it the way she and her husband, Phil, had.  Maybe an answer to everyone's prayers, the Hawthorne family came along and purchased the business.  We stopped in late Saturday afternoon and were given the grand tour!  Like so many other small business owners, Bob and Nicole, were welcoming and informative!

The Book Nook relocated down the road a piece to Route 50 in Burnt Hills, a great central location in the Burnt Hills Commons Plaza, just a short hop down the road from Lakehill Rd.  Like Sue and Phil, Bob and Jean and their daughter, Nicole, have a love of books and a knack for creating an organized and beautiful venue for displaying and selling used books.  Neatly organized by subject, avid readers or shoppers looking for gifts, will have an easy time browsing and selecting beautiful quality used books, dvd's, puzzles and even some gift items.  There's a very neat Kid Room that all kids will love to hang out in too.  

Nicole and her dad, Bob

The shop has already hosted a terrarium workshop and has many fun events in the works.  If you loved the original Book Nook, you're sure to love it's new location and owners.  Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00-6:00 and Sunday, 10:00-4:00 at 772 Route 50, Suite 5, Burnt Hills, NY.  For more information, you can call (518)579-0006 or email them at   You can follow their social media, which Nicole keeps up-to-date and full of photos and announcements at:

The Coxsackie Owls are Back!

Monday, June 3, 2024

 It's been a few years, but the Coxsackie Owls are back on their perches all around the village and more colorful and creative than ever!

The What a Hoot Festival has been a tradition in Coxsackie since 2017, when it coincided with the village's 150th anniversary.  After a short break following Covid, the owls are back for the summer season and will be auctioned off on September 29th at the Wire Event Center.  This year 39 owls are on display plus a cat from the Catskill Cat exhibit and a bear from the Cairo bears.   Although there is a map to help visitors find them, we still missed a couple because we were using the map on my phone. I recommend you stop at one of the sponsoring businesses and pick up a brochure!  Here's my collection (I recommend you go see them in person - the details are incredible and hidden all around each owl).

While you're in Coxsackie, meander around town and have a bite to eat or sit a spell at Riverside Park.  We had a wonderful lunch at Red's (sponsor of the Disco Dazzler).  Not only did we have a delicious lunch (you can't beat the prix fix specials under $22), we had an awesome waiter, Ryan, who gave us the most courteous and efficient service even though it was his first week on the job.  

For more information about the Festival, check their website: and Facebook page:   Just a short drive from Albany, down the thruway or Route 9W, a scavenger hunt for these gorgeous owls is the perfect getaway.  Maps can now be found at these businesses: Village building
Greene County tourism, County Armory, Paul’s pizza, Bank of Greene County, Coxsackie branch 
National Bank of Coxsackie, Salon 255, Reed St Bottle Shop, Coxsackie Creamery, Heart Land Realty, Coxsackie General Store, James Newbury Hotel, The YMCA, Camping World…. more locations to be added.

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