Hearts & Minds in Dallastown celebrates 30 years of books

Beth and Byron Borger

Beth and Byron Borger started Hearts & Minds in Dallastown 30 years ago this Friday. (Submitted)

I love all books. I keep buying more and more titles, even as my “to-read” pile grows taller and my time for reading shrinks.

But I feel different when I walk into an independent bookstore. I love how an employee — oftentimes the owner — greets you with a smile when you enter, and jumps at the chance to offer a suggestion. I love the joy in someone’s voice when she recommends a book she clearly loved.

It’s part of the reason I enjoy talking with local bookstores and authors in York County. These folks have such a great passion for their work, and it’s always fun to hear their stories.

Nowhere has that been more evident than in my conversations with Byron Borger, who owns Hearts & Minds in Dallastown with his wife, Beth. The bookstore celebrates 30 years on Friday, 30 years in the same former doctor’s office on East Main Street.

I had the chance to stop in on Saturday for the first time, and even as I stepped in the door, I fell in love with its atmosphere. Different sections and rooms revealed everything from “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy to devotionals aimed at 20-somethings. Everywhere I turned, I found another book that caught my eye — a book lover’s paradise. (In fact, I texted a friend to tell him I had found my favorite place on Earth and planned on never leaving.)

If you’re shopping for books for the holidays, I sincerely encourage you to check in with local bookstores and also their local authors sections,┬áif they have one. You might be surprised by what you’ll find. Not sure of where to start? Find a listing of independent bookstores in York County here.

Hearts & Minds bookstore in Dallastown turns 30

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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