Bookstore specializes in words from the wise

The Daily Courier/Jo. L. Keener<br>
Susan McElheran stands at the front of the Old Sage Bookshop in the St. Michael’s Court in Prescott Tuesday morning. The shop has been open since December.

The Daily Courier/Jo. L. Keener<br> Susan McElheran stands at the front of the Old Sage Bookshop in the St. Michael’s Court in Prescott Tuesday morning. The shop has been open since December.

PRESCOTT - Susan McElheran had just left her part-time job at a local bookstore when she began a new chapter in her life.

McElheran opened The Old Sage Bookshop on the Hotel St. Michael walkway at 110 S. Montezuma St., Suite E, in December 2007.

"My life became a big scramble after I found out I was getting this space. I had to hit the ground running," she said.

The bookshop features what McElheran calls "fascinating" used books for collectors and people seeking wisdom. "I tend to lean toward literature and books that have enduring value," she said.

Works from Mark Twain, William Faulkner and John Steinbeck sit on the shelves in McElheran's shop.

She also carries Native American, American and world history books, along with some non-fiction,

poetry and children's books.

McElheran said people donate and sell books to her and she finds others at yard and library sales and at thrift stores.

The decision to open a bookshop actually began nearly 10 years ago for McElheran, when she was selling books online as a hobby. But, she said, "I was dealing in books I didn't enjoy."

These days, McElheran enjoys being her own boss.

"Things are settled in now, so it's pretty pleasant," she said.

Although a couple of bookstores are open in her general area, McElheran believes the community is big enough for everyone to succeed.

"I feel that this is a little different niche. We help each other out," she said.

The bookshop is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 776-1136.

Contact the reporter at jsoifer@prescottaz.com