Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
Virginia store is place for taste of LDS culture
Deseret News 2Oct99 B4
By Lee Davidson: Deseret News Washington correspondent
LEESBURG, VIRGINIA -- Tucked away in the quiet Civil War-era town of
Leesburg, Virginia, is a thriving Mormon owned business called
Timpanogos Books. Owner Craig Everett explains about his store that
is 35 miles from Washington, D.C. "I wanted a name that wouldn't mean
anything to someone just walking down the street but would be
instantly recognized by anyone who has been to the Y (Brigham Young
University) or sent children to the Y., who are most of our
Timpanogos Books is a a 500 square-foot art gallery where local LDS
painters and sculptors can display their work. The Zion East
Foundation for the Arts leases space for their gallery. The gallery,
which is adjacent to the two-year-old book store is open to non-LDS
"I view it as a service project," says Everett. The bookstore
fulfills a lifelong dream to own his own store. "I always wanted to
own a bookstore," he says. "Having a store with a cafe where authors
could read books and entertainers could perform."
"Leesburg itself is about 3 percent LDS, which is high for the East."
Six LDS stakes are located within a half-hour of the store. The only
other bookstore carrying church materials is 45 miles away.
"Besides books, we have home storage items and emergency supplies,"
he said. Visitors can pick up a copy of "Mormon Doctrine" on the
shelf. "We have clothes too," Everett adds.
Feeling that more effective communication was needed among the LDS
members, Everett found the Latter-day Herald. "It was tough as an
LDS business to advertise." Now with his own paper, LDS business
people have that audience. "I read less now - because I don't have
as much time with everything else."