We are always happy to make special orders and mail books.
Frequent Buyer Cards
Teen and 'Tween Sections
Your Favorite Fiction and Non-fiction
AND LOTS MORE!!
The origin of The Homer Bookstore can be traced back to its sparse beginning when
Woody Suttles stocked two circular book racks that stood inside the former Quiet Sports
business, owned by his sister, Trish Perkins, on Pioneer Avenue in a building (no longer
there) which stood behind the octagon building currently housing The Classic Cook store.
Woody, after serving in the Peace Corps, opened Homer's "official" bookstore in 1974
with partners Splinter and Kathy Smith (who started out in the book-selling world managing
Book Cache stores in Anchorage and Hawaii during the 60s) in a small building (also no
longer there) on Pioneer Avenue, east of Alice's Champagne Palace (then known as
The Club Bar). Kathy and Splinter bought Woody's share after being in business together
for about two years, and became the owners of what was then officially called - The
As progress always brings change, The Bookstore's location moved to a building (also no
longer there) on Pioneer Avenue just west of Bartlett Street (that straddled Woodard
Creek) known as the Bay Art center. From there the store moved to one of the small
cabins (currently still there) just south of the Homer Electrical Association building
on Lake Street. Joy Post started working part-time at The Bookstore in 1976 and in 1978
the store moved across the street into the newly constructed Lakeside Mall.
In 1979, the ownership of The Bookstore switched hands when Joy, along with her son,
Lee Post, an Anchorage bicycle mechanic, purchased the business from Kathy and
Splinter Smith. This fulfilled a longtime goal for Joy of owning a bookstore in Homer.
During the following ten years, the Bookstore continued its growth and underwent two
expansions within the Lakeside Mall. In 1989, Joy and Lee moved The Bookstore to the
Eagle Center (a strip-mall on the By-Pass, which is now Safeway). The move occurred as the
Exon oil spill was happening.
In the meantime, Sue Post (who was born in Anchorage two weeks before the 1964
earthquake) graduated from high school and college. While attending the University of
Alaska, Anchorage (at which time no disasters happened), Sue worked at a Book Cache
store (are we seeing a pattern here?) where she met Jenny Stroyeck, a fellow alumna of
UAA. Jenny and Sue became fast friends as well as Book Cache store managers. In 1994,
Sue and Jenny were invited to become partners in The Bookstore and moved to Homer
when Lee took leave to become the Pratt Museum facilitator for the Sperm Whale
Project at the Homer High School. Sue and Jenny brought the computer age to The
Bookstore - which was still using a wooden box for a cash register and index cards for
the inventory. Shortly thereafter, The Bookstore was incorporated as The Homer
The summer of 2001 brought even bigger and better changes for The Homer Bookstore
when the owners made the decision to buy their own building and purchased its current
home at 332 E. Pioneer Avenue (formally known as Millie's Video). After the bookstore
crew and numerous others spent a summer remodeling their new building, The Homer
Bookstore moved into its new digs on September 4, 2001, a week before 9/11 happened.
(I don't know about you, but I'm definitely seeing another pattern here.)
In loving memory of Joy Post
July 12, 1927 to November 10, 1995
July 12, 1927 to November 10, 1995