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Family-owned St. Pete bookstore Wilson’s launches fundraiser after major theft

Family-owned St. Pete bookstore Wilson’s launches fundraiser after major theft

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Wilson’s Book World (535 16th St N) is one of the most beloved small, family-owned businesses in St. Pete, and it has served the community for decades. This bastion of used and new books suffered a major loss when its AC unit was stolen from the property. The owners have launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of $10,000 to help recover from the loss.

“Michelle here, 3rd generation owner of Wilsons Book World, established 1971 by my grandmother, Helen,my Dad, Jeff – here in St. Pete Florida. We are a family-owned and operated Used and Antiquarian Bookstore that has been a staple in the community for 53 years,” wrote the owner on GoFundMe.

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“After 9 PM on Friday, May 17th someone stole our AC unit. Yes, the actual unit. They also cut the line while it was hot, which caused some electrical issues. This unforeseen cost is devastating to us as a small business. We must remain closed until all the electrical issues are resolved and a new AC unit has been installed.”

Michele notes that numerous fans and dehumidifiers are running now that they feel the electrical is safe. As of May 19 they are also installing some exterior cameras.

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The AC company coming out on Tuesday, May 21 to install the new unit. Then a ‘cage’ will be installed to deter this from happening again, writes Michele.

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“After all that fun stuff, we will need a day or so to clean up and verify all is working properly,” added the owner in a Facebook update. “I love my customers, community, friends and family for all coming together to help support us. THANK YOU!”

You can donate to the fundraiser here. Visit Wilson’s Book World at 535 16th St N.

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