Levin and company began as a dream and a pile of used books on a living room floor. Founded by Adele Levin, her partner Jacquie Robb and her son Aaron Rosewater in 1991, Levin & Company first opened its doors at 239 Center St., half a block off the plaza. Consisting of a modest inventory of used books, an old cash register, a microfiche machine and a dusty 13-volume set of “books in print”, we quickly discovered what our real assets were – an enthusiastic and loyal community of customers. Through their dedicated support, which included many teachers and book groups, we were able to gradually expand our inventory to include new books, CDs & Tapes and greeting cards
In 1992, Gwen Rosewater joined our staff and we became a true family business!
In 1994, an opportunity arose to move the store to a beautiful historic building on the plaza. We partnered with our friends at the Jimtown store to redesign the space and open up a combination bookstore/café at 306 Center St. With some generous local support and the participation of many friends and customers, we were able to triple our inventory and move the entire store in three days!
As our business on the plaza grew, we continued to develop our new book and music sections. In 1998 we bought the café from Jimtown and expanded the bookstore into the entire downstairs space. In April of that year, we met a wonderful group of local artists who formed a co-op and leased the mezzanine space as the Upstairs Gallery. Today they are the oldest gallery in Healdsburg.
In 2009, Emile Rosewater joined our staff as the third generation of booksellers in our family.
25 years later - still having fun in Healdsburg!