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Spotlight On Business: Two Sisters Bookery: A True Treasurer in The Cotton Exchange

Two Sisters Bookery is located in the Cotton Exchange in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

By: Candace Lookingbill
Staff Writer

Two Sisters Bookery is owned and operated by Barbara Galvin. She purchased the store in 2011 and brings with her the experience with 15 years in bookstore management and more than 30 years of management and sales.
She lives in Wilmington and originally came from Upstate New York but has always liked the Cape Fear region. She enjoyed summers at the beach with her husband and children and had lived in Carolina Beach for a time after college.
Two Sisters Bookery is a local, independent bookstore located at The Cotton Exchange in historic downtown Wilmington. The store is a great browsers’ book store with both classic and contemporary titles to choose from.
In addition to books, she offers a variety of eclectic gifts and crafts from area artisans. You will find book marks, unique greeting cards, reading glasses, totes, sleep shirts, handmade leather journals, literary mugs, lamps of all sizes and shapes including Tiffany lamps and art from Erin Smith.
Are you into maps? She carries shipwrecked maps of North Carolina both for the Outer Banks and Cape Fear and Frying Pan shoals. There are also handmade purses and clutches, but they are disguised as classic literature.
If you are looking for a eclectic or unique gift for someone special, this store is the place to go. With the array of books and art work, crafts and items that are unusual that can’t be found anywhere else, you need to visit this store.
What is great about the store and Galvin is that she takes the time to organize the displays with the themes of the titles of the books, and will have complimentary items there to choose from. The books are easy to find in categories throughout the store, which helps in finding what you are looking. She specializes in hard-to-find regional titles and carries the works of many local authors, from cookbooks, local history, ghost tales or an analysis of the Civil War in Wilmington. A new cookbook being offered is “Heavenly Delights” that is put out by Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Some of the locally written books available are “Life and Times of the Fort Fisher Hermit” besides the book, there are mugs and postcards, other titles you will find are “Life After Life” by Jill McCorkle, “The Almost Definitively Collection” by Mke Maccalupo, “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble by Ann B. Ross and “A Town of Empty Rooms” by Karen Bender and “Much Ado About Murder” by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter and this is just naming a few. There are even books about books.
If you are looking for a book and you cannot find it, as long as it is in print, she can order it for you. There is also a great children’s section with many of the long-time loved bedtime stories, subject matters that will interest your young reader, coloring books and so much more.
Galvin holds book signings for the local authors and while you are there check out the selection of collectibles, signed books and first editions. This is just a fantastic store and it is local, you do not have to travel far to enjoy.
So the next time that you are in downtown Wilmington, you need to go to The Cotton Exchange and stop in Two Sisters Bookery, you will be able to see for yourself what a great store this is. Galvin will be there to answer your question and show you the unique gifts and items she has to offer.
Two Sisters Bookery is at 318 Nutt St., Wilmington, for more details, call 910-762-4444. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. If you are a local written author and would like to sell your book there or if you are interested in holding a book club, call and speak to Galvin. Visit the website at or follow on Facebook for updates of what is new at the store or what book signings she is holding.