Watermark Book Company
612 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221
Phone 360-293-4277
Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

Notes from the Boss Lady

Hey there, everyone! These last couple of weeks have been a real whirlwind for us here at the store. Tourists are here, they are visiting and they are shopping, which is lovely. We are still in the battle for safety. If you are vaccinated you are one of the lucky ones--it does not change much for us and our safety protocols, as we are not vaccinated yet. The store safety protocols are still very much in place. The only thing that has altered is that we are now allowing 11-ish customers in at a time. We really remain vigilant for everyone.

We have so MANY new items in!!! Twice a year I explode the store in gifting and lovely family fun, and this is one of those times. Please come by and see it. I had SO much fun ordering all of these gems.

Our Anniversary for buying the store is coming up and this is such a natural time of reflection for me: a time to sit back for a minute and really appreciate what we are trying to cultivate here, and the memories that we are trying to retain and honor. I remain so grateful for all of YOU who make all of this possible. Please pop in the week of our Anniversary, date and details below - we have some very fun things planned!

I am going on a little RV trip with my hubby and kiddos. I have lived here for 11 years and have never visited the Olympic Peninsula... so we will be doing a little family time, visiting some fun places and making some memories. I will let you know how that trip goes.

I finished The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and I absolutely LOVED it...so very good. We used it for book club. It is historical fiction, and what an interesting part of history it talks about. I am almost done reading Hidden Valley Road - a much harder read as it is non-fiction and a little dry with a LOT of scientific terms. But I am absolutely loving it also. It focuses on a family that had 12 children, and of their 10 boys, six of them became diagnosed with schizophrenia one right after the other. Very interesting, the book also goes into the history of mental health and mental illness science and diagnosis.

Next I am hoping to take on my trip something a little lighter...I will keep that for next time! Until then...happy reading, and stay safe and well.


Anniversary Celebration!
April 20th is officially the three-year-anniversary of new ownership here at Watermark Book Company, and we are ready to CELEBRATE. We have a lot of fun going on for the week of April 12th-April 19th:

When you spend cash only, you will get 20% off all in-store merchandise*! Plan ahead for your shopping spree and love on us without the fees! :) *This excludes the Bill Mitchell Coloring Book and Anacortes Senior Activity Center Masks.

We have four fabulous raffle baskets, and when you spend $75 or more (after tax and discounts) you get the chance to enter into a drawing for the basket of your choice! We have four options: a family fun basket, a well-rounded reader basket, a basket for the knowledge-seeker, and a "gatherer's" basket. Which basket will you try to win?

Come see us, come celebrate us, show us some LOVE and congratulate Brandy on three amazing years of running your favorite independent bookstore.
Independent Bookstore Day
Independent Bookstore Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means--another reason to visit us! On Saturday, April 24th, we will have exclusive merchandise to be revealed closer to the date, and which will NOT be available before IBD! There is a limited supply of these fun books and goodies, and when they're gone, they're gone. Also in limited supply is the IBD tote bag: we will have THIRTY to give away, and they can be yours with a purchase of $75 or more! Don't miss out on the fun--stop in and see us for Independent Bookstore Day!
Easter is April 4th! Let us help you create Easter baskets for your friends and family--we have great basket stuffers for the kiddos and the adults who will be part of your Easter celebration.
This Just In
New coffee mugs from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild! Some of them change when they get hot--some of them are just simply awesome.
Magnetic poetry kits make a great gift--for your friends, your family, and yourself!
Also from The Unemployed Philosopher Guild--lip balm!
Channel your spiritual side with smudge kits, lunar connection kits, and peaceful kits. Sachets of lavender, rose, sage, and cedar will help you drift off to sleep.
Ark Made products are sustainably sourced.
These new masks come in adult sizes as well as kiddo sizes.
We have a fresh round of spring soaps for you, including new scents as well as trusted favorites.
These tulip pens change color when exposed to light--check out that before and after!
These cute-as-pie planters will make the perfect new homes for your plant babies!
New watercolor sets with matching watercolor paper pads are cute for kiddos and adults alike.
Customer Corner
We always love to see what our customers do with the products we sell! Local artist John fills Paperblanks journals with incredible art and script, all done by hand. What an inspiration for all of us looking to fill a new journal.
This Just In for Kids
Do-A-Dot Rainbow Markers and activity books are a unique and creative art project for your kiddos!
The new Dog Man book is HERE!!!
New Eeboo games are both fun and educational for your kiddos.
Because you can never have too many puzzles--these new puzzles from Janod are fun, cute, and sure to keep your kiddos entertained.
New Janod activity play sets let your kiddos create new worlds and adventures.
These 12-piece puzzles are especially cute because, if you do them ALL, when put together they make one big picture.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 4th-Easter
We will be closed on Easter Sunday, and we will be open regular hours the following Monday! Have a safe and fun holiday.
Monday, April 12th-Monday, April 19th
Anniversary Celebration Week!
20% off in-store merchandise when you pay with CASH!* Raffle basket opportunities when you spend $75 or more! Come help us celebrate three years of new ownership here at Watermark Book Company. We couldn't do it without you.
Saturday, April 24th-Independent Bookstore Day
All Day!
Come in for exclusive IBD merchandise! Get this year's IBD tote bag with a purchase of $75 or more! Come see us, do your shopping at your local independent bookstore, and remember--when exclusive merchandise is gone, it's gone!
New and Noteworthy
New hardcover
New paperback
Watermark Book Club
Watermark Book Club is on Zoom! It is a closed book club, and you can let us know if you would like to be added to the waitlist. In the meantime, feel free to read along with us! This month we are discussing The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. Here's what Brandy has to say about the book:
This story is wonderfully told through the voice of Cussy--the last of the blue people of Kentucky. It takes place in the 1930s, when women did not have many rights, and "colored" women had even less. The story is about Cussy and her family and also about other members in town. The story is exciting, informative and sad... keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Enjoy!