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Delaware natives open the city’s first independent bookstore

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DELAWARE, Ohio — For Delaware native David Griffey, it was JRR Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit that started it all.

“It just fired me up to love reading and hopefully in the future pursue a career in writing myself,” said Griffey, co-owner of Griffeys book store.


What do you want to know

  • Delaware natives David Griffey and his fiancée Aria Maher opened their first business venture, Griffeys’ Book Emporium
  • Owners hope to book community events and add a cafe in the near future
  • Delaware County remains the fastest growing in the state of Ohio

Griffey’s future wife, Aria Maher, is a book lover and author herself.

So it was only a matter of time before the two teamed up and opened Griffeys’ Book Emporium, an independent bookstore specializing in rare, used, local and independent titles.

“On our first day of opening, people descended into sci-fi fantasy,” Maher said. “There are holes in this shelf. So we had to go online and order like a big sci-fi fantasy box.

The two men constantly follow trends, research collections online and sometimes come across a piece of vintage jewelry.

Griffey and Maher say they appreciate the support from their hometown and look forward to expanding in the future to include events and a cafe.

And when it comes to advice for new entrepreneurs, they say to be patient and ask for help when needed.

“It has been a journey for us. Things have gone wrong a lot of times and we’ve managed to pull through,” Griffey said.

“There are people who can help you, but you shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to them,” Maher said.

Griffeys’ Book Emporium is located at 4 Troy Road in Delaware.