BOISE - A staple of Boise's North End for decades, Hyde Park Books will close up shop at the end of the month.
Store owner Marti Martino says the business was no longer sustainable and that the decision to close was an emotional one.
"It's more than just a business to me," said Martino. "The bookstore has been here for 30 plus years. People have grown up coming here. Even people walking their dogs just stop by and say 'hi.' I think that's kind of the fun part of Hyde Park. And I think that it's been a mainstay in the community. And so, most people are just sad."
Martino has made it a point to focus on local authors and books.
"A lot of local authors have done consignment work here," she said. "I often collect local author books and we offer them here on consignment. I felt that, as being a small town little shop, it was important to give them a home for their books as well."
The store is offering buy one, get one free books Wednesday through Sunday. Before it closes for good, Hyde Park Books will also host a play reading, featuring performers from Boise's HomeGrown Theatre, on March 31.