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.

Dianne Ortmann, bookseller

Dianne Ortmann, bookseller

Dianne joined the bookstore in the fall of 2012. Currently she works with an organization that provides equine-assisted activities to people with special needs, but continues to recommend books on WAMC when we visit the Book Picks segment.

Carrie Knudsen, bookseller

Carrie Knudsen, bookseller

Carrie and her family recently moved to Chatham from the southwest side of the Hudson River. She is mother to two young children and before staying home with them was a teacher in a small progressive school for ten years. She has a BA in Theater from Hamilton College and a MS in Literacy and Childhood Education from Bank Street College. Other than voraciously reading, her interests include yoga, hiking, food, and travel.

Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, bookseller

Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, bookseller

Vocalist, pianist, and educator Sheri Bauer-Mayorga is founder and director of the community space for the singing-political-poetic human voice above the Chatham Bookstore, SECOND SPACE. Sheri has recorded two eclectic vocal projects with her husband, Lincoln Mayorga, for TownHall Records: “On The Wrong Side of the Railroad Tracks,” and “American Snapshots: 200 Years of American Song.”
Sons, Nicolas Mayorga and Juan Carlos Mayorga, occupy her mind along with song, books, political and social activism, and a Corgi named Ella.

Wendy Holmes Noyes, curator

Wendy Holmes Noyes, curator

Wendy has been making photographs for 45 years – curating exhibitions for much of that time – shows her work in galleries near and far – teacher, activist, writer – a mother of two and most recently a grandmother.

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