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The Star Democrat: Franchot honors Vintage Books and Fine Art owner

EASTON — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a proclamation on Friday morning, Oct. 26, to Vintage Books and Fine Art in Easton for five years of being in business.

The book shop expanded to a larger location on Washington Street in mid-September and is owned by Tim Boyle.

The store specializes in vintage books and art of Maryland and Eastern Shore history, poetry, literature, philosophy and other scholarly topics.

Franchot was joined by Mayor Robert Willey and town officials. The shop also received state proclamations from Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, and Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore.

“We live in the greatest country in the world, and we are one of the richest states in the country,” Franchot said. “I appreciate the guts it takes to put your capital and your reputation on the line and open a local business. For (Boyle) to have businesses like this on the Shore, I have nothing but admiration for the businesses, and I would like to see the shop prosper.”

In November 2013, Boyle and his wife, Anne Ruecktenwald, were looking for a place to retire, as well as a place to open their dream. After working in a corporate world, Boyle wanted something a little more calming and eventually found a place to live in Oxford, and his dream on Dover Street. Boyle said everything came in together at once.

“I figured the time was right, and if I don’t do it now, then I will never do it,” Boyle said.

When it comes to picking the right material, Boyle describes Vintage Books and Fine Art as a used, rare and antiquarian bookstore and art gallery. The process to find his selection can be difficult at times; however, he said he has to dig and search for the right products.

When the opportunity to open a bigger store became available, he was grateful he could negotiate with his landlord.

“It needed a lot of work, and the landlord has restored the entire corner and has done a great job,” said Boyle. “I moved around a corner because it is a better location, better visibility, foot traffic,and would more than makeup for the increase in rent because this store is three larger than my other one.”

The store prides itself on its personalized service, building lasting relationships with customers, from first-time browsers to long-lasting clients who have been with it since the beginning.

In its five years, Vintage has become a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the two most respected book trade organizations in the world.

With his continued success, Boyle sees a possible opportunity to open a satellite store in Cambridge. If plans don’t pull through, he is grateful to have the opportunity to expand his retirement dream.

“I’m happy with this place, and when you start expanding, you get a lot of headaches and so forth. I’m not ruling it out, but if it doesn’t happen, then it’s OK,” Boyle said. “You hear about the gloom and doom of books, and they are going to go away with the dinosaur. However, it is a well-merchandised store. I haven’t gone to work a single day in my life since I opened up this store. It’s great.”

Vintage Books and Fine Art is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and on Sundays by chance. For more information, visit

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