Dogtown Books Under New Ownership!

Gloucester’s Legendary Dogtown Books Under New Ownership Nov 2018

Founder and original Dogtown Bookshop owner Bob Ritchie embraces retirement as the torch is passed to Gloucester residents Lucas Cotterman and Caroline Harvey, who take ownership of the store on November 19, 2018.  Gloucester’s legendary destination for used & unusual books has been a favorite for locals and visitors since 1995, and you can count on the new Dogtown Books owners to honor this rich history. It will remain a locally owned and independent used bookstore with a uniquely Gloucester flavor. Building upon this legacy, expect more and new inventory, new book topic sections, literary gifts & goods, open mics, workshops, kid friendly activities, author events, and some new and cozy reading nooks…just in time for winter! Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Sale is scheduled for December 1st from 10am to 6pm.

For more information, visit and follow us on instagram @dogtownbooks.

Meet the New Owners:

Lucas and Caroline are avid readers, oddity and vintage collectors, and used bookstore junkies. In fact, they first met in a bookstore in Big Sur, CA! The privilege of owning something as special as Dogtown Books is a cherished, lifelong dream for them both. They will ensure Dogtown Books remains Gloucester’s best destination for used books, and will prioritize inclusion, accessibility, creativity, and a feeling that when you come in the door, you’re always welcome.

Lucas is a writer and visual artist, and before owning Dogtown Books he toured as a lighting designer for over 15 years with bands such as The Strokes, Interpol, Arcade Fire, and Death Cab for Cutie, just to name a few. Caroline has been a professor at Berklee College of Music for almost a decade, and she continues to tour and lecture worldwide with her original writing and curriculum. Her grandparents owned a home near Niles Beach, sadly taken long ago in a storm, and she is proud to be among four generations of her family to call Gloucester home. Ladybird Johnson is their 6 year old Shar Pei, and while she might not be able to read (yet), she plans on sleeping and quietly snoring in the store.

Dogtown Books is still located at 132 Main Street in Gloucester, MA.  Visit www.dogtownbooks or follow instagram @dogtownbooks for updated store hours and upcoming special events. Our business phone number is 978.281.5599. The Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Sale is scheduled for December 1st from 10am to 6pm.

2 thoughts on “Dogtown Books Under New Ownership!

  1. Just saw this posted by our son. A good way to keep up from a thousand miles west of Lanesville. Wouldn’t mind getting it directly. Thanks!


  2. This is great news. We come to Glouster every September and always visit Dogtown books this year Bob told us he was retiring so thought 2018 was our last visit. Look forward to seeing you in September. Best of luck to Bob in his retirement

    Bob and Rebecca


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