A New Chapter in the Flatiron Building’s History

Another niche bookstore comes to Grant Avenue.

It does not seem too long ago that Novato was clamoring for a big bookstore to come to town. It was widely believed that securing Whole Foods had the potential to attract other stores. Copperfield’s Books was one those places that was on many folks' wish list — same with Book Passage — but then the economy turned sour and it seemed as if all bets were off.

However, the downturn hasn’t prevented others from filling the void and going after niche markets in book sales.    

The latest addition in Old Town is opening Oct. 1 at the historic flatiron building at 701 Grant Ave. The flatiron building was most recently home to Morris & Company gift boutique, which moved to 817 Grant Ave. in July.

The new tenant, Whosoever’s, is a Christian bookstore offering religious and spiritual books for adults and children. Church wares, supplies and apparel are also available through the store and via the website. 

Joyce Kleege, owner of the store, was the founder and the first president of the Old Town Merchants Association formed more than 40 years ago.

“I’m back down here again, and I love it,” she said of returning to her old haunts. Kleege also owned and operated the Amen bookstore on Redwood Boulevard for 15 years before its closing because of a family member’s health. 

Whosoever’s will join the following stores on Grant Avenue selling books in various niche markets: 

The Book Place

1608 Grant Ave.

  • Used books, CDs, videos, audio books
  • All genres
  • Nonprofit benefitting the Marin County Free Library system

The Loveable Rogue

867 Grant Ave.

  • Used books, collector editions and signed copies
  • "man cave" genres
  • sports, military, vintage & collectible magazines


906 Grant Ave.

  • Art gallery
  • Children's books and book exchange
  • Food related topics and kids books

Do you know of a new business opening around town? We want to know! Please contact Tom at twalsh4676@att.net with all your business tips.

Travis Howard September 21, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Welcome to the downtown!
Christine Koenig September 21, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Five Little Monkeys has books also!


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