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Learned Owl book store has a new owner
Hudson institution is one of few remaining independent book shops in Northeast Ohio

Kabir Bhatia
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One of Northeast Ohio's few remaining independent books stores has a new owner as of today. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Learned Owl book store has a new owner

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The Learned Owl in Hudson opened in 1968. The new owner, Kate Schlademan, has worked there for 2 years. She raised part of the funds through an online crowd-funding campaign and when asked about changes to the store she says, “Nothing major right now. We just want to get though the transition period and make sure everyone is comfortable with the change. I’m over-the-moon. I’m speechless. I don’t even know what to say.”

Schlademan takes over from Liz Murphy, who bought the store in 1983.  She couldn't be happier about Schlademan, saying “I think I found exactly the right person. She has the passion. She reminds me of me, 30 years ago. What could be better?”

Murphy estimates that greater Cleveland had about three-dozen independent book stores when she started. A quick search online reveals fewer than that in the whole state today. The sale includes three floors of books, but not the building itself. The Learned Owl has gained attention for its early adoption of e-readers and for a Harry Potter Day celebration that drew thousands of people to downtown Hudson.
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