Maria's Bookshop Will Stay in the Family!
The “For Sale” sign has come down! Evan Schertz, son of Maria’s Bookshop owners Andrea Avantaggio and Peter Schertz, will join the family ownership of the independent bookstore. Evan is a Durango native and will soon graduate from Colorado School of Mines. “I grew up with this bookstore. I’m very excited to step in to learn all I can and lead Maria’s Bookshop into the next chapter,” he said.
Maria’s Bookshop, an independent bookstore in downtown Durango with a nationally acclaimed reputation, is approaching its 35th anniversary. Started by Dusty Teal in 1984, Andrea and Peter have owned and operated the store for the past 21 years.
“Finding the next owner within our family is extraordinary” said Peter. “While we have, of course, dreamed about family ownership of the business, we weren’t sure the timing would work out or the interest would be there.”
Evan is the one who recognized this as an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. It has become increasingly clear to Evan that his heart lives in the community of Durango. Maria’s Bookshop ownership offers the strong community and business connections he has come to appreciate as well as the opportunity to apply the analytical and innovative mindset which drew him to study engineering. “I grew up in Durango and I value the quality of life and the community. I intend to get involved and contribute to making this place even better. I’ll rely on the guidance and support from our staff and our customers to help me find successful ways to continue to grow this business.”
Andrea and Peter intend to continue to work at the store for the foreseeable future. Andrea is inspired to show Evan his way around the inner workings of the business and to introduce him to more of the community as well as industry professionals. “Evan is passionate, smart and eager to learn,” Andrea said. “The future is bright for Maria’s Bookshop and Durango.”