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The presence of Redmond's bookstore has always been a testament to the community's dedication to literature. The store originally opened in 2007 as a second Paulina Springs Books location. Brad Smith, who had owned Paulina Springs Books in Sisters (established in 1992) since 2003, joined forces with his sister, Cynthia Claridge, to bring the richness of a community bookstore to Redmond. Unfortunately, the opening of the store aligned with the cusp of the financial crisis, as well as the boom in digital readership. It was a harsh time for small businesses, particularly for independent bookstores. However, the readers of Redmond were committed to their bookstore. At a time when many long-standing businesses were closing their doors, the community kept Paulina Springs Books afloat.
For eight years, the bookstore served the Redmond community with Brad and Cynthia at the helm. A diverse inventory of books, toys and games made the store a popular downtown shopping destination, and authors from all over the country were brought in for events. Partnerships with educational facilities, donations and community sponsorships made Paulina Springs Books a true neighbor to its patrons.
A page turned in 2015, when changes to Brad's health necessitated the passing on of the Redmond bookstore. He and Cynthia began the search for someone who would share their sense of civic duty and their passion for the literary community. After several months, they found that person in Kaci Aslamov.
In 2018 Brandon Weimer bought the bookstore from Kaci to fulfill a childhood dream of owning and operating a bookstore. His 14 years of retail experience coupled with his love and passion for books, made this transition a great one. Brandon's love for books is contagious. He has been overheard many times by customers that he wants to grow old and be that bookseller that sells and inspires the children and grandchildren of the customers who walk through his door every day.