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ARGO Books co-owners Abigail and Jon Benjamin
Argo Books co-owners Abigail and Jon Benjamin

Argo Books in downtown Buckhannon to hold a grand opening on Friday, April 1

The grand opening of Argo Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Buckhannon, W.Va., across from China Wok, will be held on Friday, April 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at 6 Spring Street.

Festivities include 3D printing demonstrations and an origami station. Free coffee, soft drinks, and cookies will be provided. The first 24 customers will receive a custom tote bag with free giveaways including a sketchpad, artist pen, and black and white cookie.

Argo Books is a family-run bookstore from a creative family of seven kids ages 19 to 3 who care deeply about supporting self-directed education. Abigail Benjamin has a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from WVWC and Jon Benjamin has an MFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Jon currently teaches Graphic Design and Photography at WVWC.

“Relax at Argo Books with our free Mountain Roaster coffee anytime.” Jon Benjamin said.

“Read local!” added Abigail.

In addition to a curated selection of adult and children’s books, Argo Books runs free clubs where community members can increase their skills at their own pace. Clubs include a Writer’s Group, a Game Design Group. Table Top Game Clubs and D &D Club are also provided for relaxation and enjoyment.

Teens Maria Benjamin and Alex Benjamin are on staff to provide book selections and tech advice. Maria has also started an import/export business specializing in Japanese Manga Stickers, Japanese Snacks, and plushes.

“Argo Books is an artistic space aiming to create community and support creativity,” said Maria, age 14.

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