Washington Adventist Book Center Celebrates Grand Opening

November 01, 2007 | Nicole Batten

Washington Adventist Book Center officially celebrated the opening of its new store in Auburn, Wash., in mid-September.

"A grand opening is a special time to get introduced to the Adventist Book Center again," said Dale Galusha, Pacific Press Publishing Association president. "Customer service and commitment to Christ are the most important aspects of an Adventist Book Center."

Almost 300 people came to the grand opening, and the store did $22,000 in sales—which far exceeds a ‘normal' day, said store manager Mike Schwartz. People even drove from as far away as Sequim to attend the grand opening.

Pacific Press and Washington Conference officials had the honor of cutting the ribbon and welcoming guests to the new bookstore. Vocal artist Jennifer LaMountain performed and signed CDs throughout the day. Authors Maylan Schurch and Beverly Stickle were also on hand to sign copies of their books. A jump house was available for the children as well.

"This store is the vision of a lot of people. It is paid for. There is no debt on it," said John Freedman, Washington Conference president, at the grand opening ceremony. "I know it will service this community very well."

The new store is located on the campus of Auburn Adventist Academy, right along Auburn Way South (Highway 164).