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The joy of reading comes to life at this Clarence bookstore

Posted at 5:01 AM, Jul 19, 2019

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Hidden inside an historic 19th century home, princesses come to play, superheroes save the day and your imagination can run wild.

It's a little bookstore with big ideas.

"When we opened up the store in 2009, many people thought we were crazy," said Kim Krug the owner of Monkey See Monkey Do Children's Bookstore.

After leaving the corporate world behind, Krug was looking to start a new chapter in her life. With her mom by her side, the two launched the store on Main Street in Clarence 10 years ago.

And for the Clarence mother of three, books are only the beginning.

"Our goal is to instill a love of reading and the way you do that is by bringing really creative literacy programming and classes and parties so that the books come to life," said Krug.

Young readers can enjoy princess tea parties, attend a unicorn academy or even blast off to space camp through the store's many special summer programs.

"What we love about it is that they're (kids) excited to come to a bookstore," said Krug.

The business owner also credits her success to the support she has received from the Clarence community and the Greater Western New York community.

Come November, the bookstore will also be hosting the Western New York Children's Book Expo. The free event is set for November 9 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.