About Us

 

Welcome to the Chatham BookstoreIndependent Bookseller Since 1977

The Chatham Bookstore was established in 1977 and occupies a gracious brick storefront on Main Street in Chatham, New York.

Nicole Furnée and Thomas Chulak acquired the store in January 2012. We are dedicated to building community through books.

“We decided to say ‘yes’ to Main Street and be a part of the health and vitality of Chatham… the strength of local independent stores is a measurement of the quality of a community.”

 



Nicole Furnée, co-owner

Nicole Furnée, co-owner

Nicole has a passion for beautiful books. She was raised in Holland, trained as a nurse and is the mother of three. For five years, she owned and operated Red Maple Books in Harlemville, NY. In January, 2012 Nicole and her husband, Tom, bought the Chatham Bookstore. She is dedicated to the arts and to Main Street, Chatham.

Thomas Chulak, co-owner

Thomas Chulak, co-owner

Thomas is a builder of community. He was raised in the Chicago area and is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister. He is a father and grandfather who loves a good story and in-depth conversation.

Wendy Conway, manager

Wendy Conway, manager

Wendy has loved poetry since she made an anthology about the sea in 3rd grade; she went on to receive a BA in English from SUNY Geneseo. She has renovated two houses and made gardens with her family. She grew up in western New York, but loves calling Chatham home.

Patti Scheppman, bookseller

Patti Scheppman, bookseller

Trained as a reading specialist, Patti taught for three years before raising her children. She has been a bookseller for more than twenty years at the Chatham Bookstore. Her favorite books include classic novels, nonfiction adventure stories and biographies.

Gloria Autrey, bookseller

Gloria Autrey, bookseller

After teaching English at the Chatham Middle School for 33 years, Gloria joined the staff at the bookstore. She is often found in the children’s room, staying current with the juvenile and young adult literature; her grandkids keep her knowledgeable about books for the younger ones. When reading adult literature, her first choice is a mystery, especially ones by Harlan Coben, David Rosenfelt, or Michael Connelly.

Rebecca McBride, publicity

Rebecca McBride, publicity

Rebecca is a freelance writer/editor and author of Traveling Between the Lines: Europe in 1938. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Among her favorite pastimes are reading, writing, tennis, and travel. She lives with her husband in Old Chatham. www.rebeccamcbride.net

Kara Polito, bookseller

Kara Polito, bookseller

Kara is a recent transplant from Oklahoma, who now resides in Hudson. She is an avid reader and bookseller with 23 years of bookselling experience. She manages social media accounts for several local and long-distance businesses. Kara is a mom of 2 boys, who also love to read. She lives by the motto ‘Eat, Sleep, Read’.

Joanne Trapanese

Joanne Trapanese

Joanne enjoyed teaching for 25 years at Ichabod Crane Central School District before fulfilling her dream of working at the Chatham Bookstore. She and her husband, Paul, have two sons who grew up reading picture books from our children’s section. She enjoys writing poetry and reading books that have rich language and beautiful imagery.