About The Owner

"I love reading, I loved encouraging my students to read and really get into books… and now one of my biggest thrills is hooking a customer up with a book I know they will enjoy." - Anne Mancilla, Owner

I remember going with my father to Devereaux's Book Store to pick up the Sunday papers in the 1950's. I would always save up money to buy the latest Archie and Veronica comic books, about $ .25 in those days! I grew up in Clifton Springs and moved to New York City after college. After getting married, my husband and I decided to move back to this small village to raise our children. I taught 5th and 6th grades for 17 years at our local school district and decided to retire in 2008 to pursue one of my dreams of opening a book store. 18 East Main Street was calling me to restore the bookselling tradition here in my hometown.


There has been a bookstore at our store's location, 18 East Main Street, for over 100 years. In 1881, Harvey Bundy opened the book store and 34 years later sold it to the Bostwick family who in turn sold it to Richard Devereaux. The Devereaux family operated the book store until 1990. Between 1990 and 2006 various retail and service businesses occupied the space. 18 East Main Street had been vacant until 2008 when I retired from teaching and opened the store.