“I have a tendency to take the indirect route,” says Melody Williams. It’s that tendency that led her to the name of her shop, Winding Way Books, which now makes its home at 106 W. Chestnut Street on Gallery Row. Williams has had a great love for books from a young age and dreamed of one day owning her own book store. With the help of ASSETS Small Business Center, she got the support that she needed and was able to make her dream a reality. Despite the recession, she took a risk and started by selling books online and running a stand at Saturday’s market. As her business grew, she was able to move into a permanent location and make the shop her full time occupation.

Dealing in new and used books, Melody hosts special events and participates in First Friday festivities.  She seems to have a knack for bringing the community to her doorstep. People love what she’s doing and they keep coming back. There is something for everyone at Winding Way, and it’s worth a meander downtown to find out for yourself.

Support for this episode provided by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Theme music: Invisible Walls by Revolution Void
Break music: Demain je change de vie by david