When you think of Barrington shopping, one of the stores that immediately comes to mind is Barrington Books, which has been an East Bay institution for over 30 years. Opened in 1986 and purchased in 2008 by Dana and Stephen Shechtman, the store is known as a community touchstone and for its unique books and gifts.
The flagship location sits in a large, airy space in a busy shopping center off County Road. The store offers author visits, complimentary gift wrapping, story time for kids, and live music on weekends and holidays. “We stay true to our mission: providing the very best in books, toys and gifts – and customer service, of course,” says general manager Jennifer Massotti.
“We also have customers that care enough about the success of their local bookstore and tell us what they’d like to see in store.”
The shop’s tables and shelves are stocked with books from all genres, seasonal toys and gifts, jewelry, stationery, cards, and small novelties. Kids have a space to sit and read in a dedicated children’s room, which features a wide range of picture books and age-appropriate toys and gifts. There’s also a room filled with tabletop and housewares from an array of brands – including Simon Pearce – plus candles, tea, gourmet items, soaps, lotions, and tote bags.
“There isn’t a day that goes by and someone doesn’t go out of their way to thank us for being alive, well, and growing strong,” says Massotti. “That’s a great feeling.”