Making Her Mark

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Stephanie Hochschild PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN SUBAR / HAIR, MAKEUP & STYLING BY THERESA DEMARIA

With a Princeton undergraduate diploma, a regulation diploma from Georgetown, and authorized expertise starting from company litigation in New York Metropolis to serving as Delaware’s Deputy Legal professional Basic, Winnetka’s Stephanie Hochschild is uniquely certified to tackle any variety of challenges. However what she selected to do, some eight years in the past, is to dedicate her extraordinary abilities to boost the legacy of The E book Stall of Winnetka.

“I’m obsessed with books, about authors, in regards to the play of concepts, and the sheer pleasure of studying. By The E book Stall, I get to stay that keenness day by day and share it with others. How many individuals get to try this?” asks Hochschild.

Hillary Clinton, JK Rowling, Veronica Roth, David Ross, and Pat Conroy are simply among the daring names, luminaries, and newsmakers who made The E book Stall their signature cease on Chicago’s North Shore for in-person guide signings, serving to outline The E book Stall’s standing as a Winnetka mainstay.

Because the daughter and niece of librarians, Hochschild had a love of studying written into her DNA. Summers have been spent studying stacks of library books within the yard and to today she isn’t with out a guide or two in her purse.

However properly earlier than Hochschild took the helm of The E book Stall, she first got here to realize it as a mom to a few voracious readers who beloved to cease on the retailer to pick their subsequent favourite guide. As time went on, The E book Stall had a good bigger place on the younger household’s schedule, as they joined neighbors and buddies at occasions starting from enjoyable actions for younger readers, particular creator evenings, and book-buying for family and friends, far and broad.

Over 40 years in the past, The E book Stall got here into being, first on Chestnut Court docket and now at its present location on Elm Avenue. Throughout that point, a lot has modified however a lot has remained the identical: private service, involvement in, and steadfast assist of the group at giant are a part of the proud custom of The E book Stall. And the group’s connection to it. “Even on this difficult time, we stay hopeful and very grateful for the assist we obtain from the group,” says Hochschild.

She has added her personal mark to The E book Stall, constructing a vibrant social media presence and a sturdy on-line enterprise. Surrounded by a superb employees of booksellers and a supervisor, Hochschild’s main function is choosing books for the shop’s cabinets. One in all her important pursuits is introducing younger readers to kids’s authors. Though The E book Stall works with colleges all through Chicagoland, Hochschild has notably loved collaborating with the Study Constitution Faculties, bringing well-known authors into courses and donating signed books.

“The tales actually soar off the pages for these college students. It’s really magical to look at an creator work together with and personally signal a guide for every baby—it’s a life-changing second,” she says. “I’m proud that The E book Stall works to convey this expertise to tons of of college kids every year.”

Like many small enterprise homeowners, these previous few months have introduced unprecedented challenges that referred to as for modern new methods to serve clients. Private deliveries, together with festive “elves” to ship vacation objects on to space properties and the good-looking reward wrap that’s The E book Stall normal, are simply a part of the explanation clients look to the shop as their most popular supply. The E book Stall additionally gives instore appointment buying in addition to cellphone and electronic mail assist. Given the influence of COVID-19, early buying is inspired this vacation season.

The E book Stall’s group displays the deep dedication Hochschild has for authors and the trade general. “Fairly merely, our employees cares about every of our clients who stroll within the door—and that’s as a result of to us, they’re greater than clients, in lots of circumstances, these are our neighbors and buddies. So we go the additional mile to find out simply the precise guide.”

“We delight ourselves on being the proper place to boost a reader. A specific energy is the Kids’s Division, staffed by devoted booksellers, two of whom have labored as educators on the North Shore. With common storytimes—now digital— and an expansive array of titles, The E book Stall welcomes younger readers with open arms,” explains Hochschild.

The Hochschilds are “all in,” making The E book Stall a household affair, with husband Roger taking part at creator occasions, and even starring as visitor host, interviewing C-suite and different authors, whereas their now-adult kids work with clients, unpack books, stage the window, and extra. “That’s been a really rewarding a part of proudly owning The E book Stall, seeing how our youngsters have discovered first-hand what it takes to run a profitable enterprise and to contribute to the group in a significant method,” notes Hochschild.

The E book Stall’s love for the group appears to be written in stone.

The E book Stall is positioned at 811 Elm Avenue in Winnetka, 847-446-8880, thebookstall.com.

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