Burlington Mayor Ian Baltutis and his wife, Dr. Kristina Baltutis, purchased Persnickety Books on Feb. 12 in hopes of fostering a sense of community within the walls of the used bookstore and in the wider Burlington community.
“The bookstore has become a staple in the community,” Baltutis said. “Everybody has a different reason why they love coming to the bookstore, whether it is the genres of books or the adventures of exploring the shelves.”
Persnickety Books has been part of the Historic Downtown Burlington area at 117 W. Davis St. since 2017 when the previous owners, Shawna Dron-Gentert and Herb Gentert, opened it. Once the Genterts put the bookstore up for sale, the Baltutises saw it as an opportunity to preserve the space as a safe and welcoming area for community members to explore, learn and socialize.