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Highland resident opens used bookstore in American Fork

By Christy Jepson
Once upon a time, Heidi Rowley, a Highland resident, dreamed about opening her own used bookstore. Just a few months ago, on December 8, her dream came true. HideAway Used Books, in American Fork, is one of the few used bookstores between Provo and Salt Lake.

After a career in journalism and moving back to Utah, Rowley thought it was too late to fulfill her dream of owning her own bookstore. However, over a year ago, the idea popped into her head again, so she decided to look into it further and do some research. "After finding out that there were no used bookstores in the growing North Utah County area, I thought to myself, 'I think I can do this,'" said Rowley. She then started collecting books and taking Small Business Administration classes. Soon one thing led to another and in December opened her bookstore.

"Even though there are books for all ages and interests, my big focus is quality used children's books in a very kid-friendly environment," said Rowley. What makes Rowley the happiest is when she sees kids come in and are excited to find a book they want to read. She designed her store in such a way that after kids are done looking for their books they have puzzles and activities to do while they wait.

Not only does HideAway Used Books have a great selection of children's books, they also host events for children throughout the year. On March 31 from 11-1 pm, there will be a children's Easter event with prize eggs, live bunnies, and face painting. Previous events have been a Peter Rabbit Event and Dr. Seuss Day.

When asked what her favorite children's books is, "That is a difficult question. But I would have to say Hans Christian Anderson tales. I love all of them," said Rowley. So, for now, her story continues... and it sounds like it will end with a happily ever after.

Hideaway Used Books is located at 67 N. Center Street in American Fork, across from the American Fork Fire Department. They are opened Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 5 p.m.
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