Tell us about Saltwater Bookstore and why you started it. Saltwater Bookstore is a charming indie bookshop nestled in the heart of the historic district in Marblehead. Thoughtfully designed with a cozy coastal vibe, I invite you to spend time browsing our curated adult and children’s rooms, enjoying our custom reading nooks, and engaging with other book lovers. In addition to the over 4,000 new book titles, Saltwater carries a delightful line of greeting cards and complimentary gift wrap from a New England company for all your gift-giving needs. Local bookstores are happy and inspiring places, and I’m thrilled to have brought one back to Marblehead.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of business advice I’ve ever received was “If not now, when?” There is never a perfect time for anything, so if an idea takes shape or an opportunity arises, don’t let it pass you by. 

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot in Marblehead is Crocker Park. I have years and years of wonderful memories there including; getting engaged, family seaside picnics, and walks with our dogs. I love the swings and the floating dock.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Something people would be surprised to learn about me is that I love a good bucket list. One favorite completed activity was being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Such a fun experience. Top of my list now is to start my own small rescue farm. Helping animals is a big part of my life, so although this one may take a while, I’m working towards it.

Saltwater Bookstore
Laura Cooper
134 Washington St, Marblehead


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