The Book Rack used book store in Downtown Arcadia at 204 S. First Avenue was honored as an Arcadia Business Icon Thursday, Oct. 17, 2014, by the Arcadia Historical Society and Arcadia Chamber of Commerce.
R-to-L: Jackie Barnes, Carol Libby, Karen Kropp, Scott Hettrick
Book Rack owner Ms. Karen Kropp was on hand to receive the tribute for the 30-year-old business along with longtime staffer Jackie Barnes, and Karen’s daughter Andrea Ines. For the past ten years, Karen has run the store that was founded by Patricia Carlson who began with the few hundred books she had collected. Because of many loyal customers, the shop has grown to house thousands of used books and a personalized trade-in service that offers credit for every book returned, which can be applied to your next purchase. Some special services that have been added over the years include brand new classics, a hardback rental service, and special orders. The store specializes in finding books for students, required reading as well as reading for fun.
Arcadia Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick said in presenting the tribute along with Historical Society Vice President Carol Libby that the hallmark of The Book Rack is their helpful and friendly staff that even helps you track down new books at the best rates. The store was originally on Duarte Road for 17 years before moving to First Avenue 13 years ago. Karen worked for Ms. Carlson for eight years before Ms. Carlson’s passing. Karen continues the tradition of inspiring the minds of readers to try something new and interesting.
Karen is supportive of the Downtown Arcadia Improvement Association and many school and community activities and events.