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Friends of late Heirloom Books owner band together to help save bookstore
WGN 9 News
Chelsea Carr Rectanus, who was the owner of Heirloom Books on the North Side, bought two pallets of books, and in 2017 opened a used bookstore in Edgewater. She didn’t know a lot about selling books, but she had a passion for the pages. Those two pallets grew into thousands of books.
Friends hope to save Edgewater bookstore after founder Chelsea Carr Rectanus dies at 32
When she was growing up, Chelsea Carr Rectanus valued the books that were passed down within her family. They were heirlooms — scribbled notes in margins, a grandmother’s signature on a first page.
Year After Owner’s Death, Friends Keep Edgewater’s Heirloom Books Running As A Nonprofit
Block Club Chicago
After owner Chelsea Carr Rectanus died in August 2020, friends, local businesses and neighbors stepped up to keep the beloved book store open in her memory.