The Wellesley Booksmith, which went on the block earlier this year when owner Marshall Smith (the Smith in Booksmith) decided to retire, has been snapped up by Gillian and Bill Kohli, a Wellesley couple living in town since 1994. The bookstore itself started up in 1999.
In a press release issued by the Booksmith, the Kohli family (which includes 4 kids) is described as a group of avid readers who “delighted to have the opportunity to preserve and nurture this beloved institution in their own community.”
Gillian Kohli will be the store’s president and work at the store. She has a background in engineering and law, but we hope she won’t bulk up the store’s collection of books on those topics too much. Husband Bill works for Putnam Investments (see him in “action”!) and will most likely lend his hands at nights and on weekends.
Deb Sundin and Kym Havens will continue in their roles as manager and assistant manager, alongside the store’s buyers and booksellers.