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Annie's Book Stop/Espresso Paulo to Close

Nobscot is losing another business. Paul Ashton, the owner of Annie's Book Stop/Espresso Paulo announced he is closing shop.

Nobscot is losing another business and soon there will be another

Paul Ashton, the owner of announced he is closing shop. He sent an e-mail to framcom, an online community bulletin board for framingham. 

"It seems that all good things must come to an end, and I'm afraid that applies to my stewardship of Annie's Book Stop/Espresso Paulo. The store is in the process of closing down. There is a need to clear all stock and fittings, so there are some amazing prices on books, retail display and coffee service equipment," he wrote in an e-mail to the list group.

Ashton has been active in the community. Earlier this spring, he allowed . He has aided several town organizations and many politicians held coffee hours with constituents in his shop.

Perry Lowell Bent July 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Horrible news. Paul has been a tireless supporter of so many events in Framingham, bringing coffee and goodies. His scones are delectable, and I'll miss him and them.
Cheryl Tully Stoll July 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Of all the businesses that have closed in Framingham in recent years this loss saddens me the most. I haven't had the time to be a frequent customer in a few years, but when I do make a point of stopping in Paul always remembers me and always has something new going on in his store that we don't find in other local establishments. His store was warm, inviting and had character; much like Paul himself. I can't think of a harder-working business owner in town. His store participated in the community and gave back to the community. How many more home-grown establishments do we need to lose before this town stops being business hostile and starts reaching out to individual business owners to see what town government and we as a community can do to help them succeed?
Ray Salemi July 29, 2011 at 04:04 PM
You nailed it. This is exactly how I felt as well.
Susan Petroni July 29, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Cheryl, I agree 100%. As a bibliophile, I am always sad to hear of a book store closing, but Paul has been very much a part of this community. As I have been travelling around Framingham this past 7+ months as editor, I have seen him often giving of his time, his business and so much more. Sad to lose a business that is so involved with many community organizations. As a parent and a resident I can say I have stopped less at the store recently, in part as there was no other reason to draw me to the plaza. When the children's re-sale shop was in the plaza, my daughter and I stopped by the book store often. I'm sure it is hard to run a business, when you are surrounded by empty storefronts
Karen Salemi July 29, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Truly a shame. I am heartily sorry. It was so nice to have the chance to get books at a discount and even when Paul didn't have a title I was looking for, he was very nice about it. I wish him the best in his future ventures.

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