After 24 years in Noroton Heights Shopping Plaza, Barrett Bookstore is celebrating a new look, including a fireplace for customers to sit by and read.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Darien Chamber of Commerce staff, its board representatives and local politicians were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Among those who attended were state Sens. Carlo Leone and Bob Duff, Darien Chamber of Commerce board member Selectman John Lundeen, Greg Palmer, of Palmer's Market, and Kaye Leong, of Darien Rowayton Bank.

Shelia Daley, the owner of the store since 1997, said, "Fairfield County's oldest independent bookstore has seen many changes since it opened on Broad Street in Stamford in 1939. It has been in its present location in Noroton Heights Shopping Center since 1989. We moved everything around to give the store a more inviting, open look and to create a special area for middle readers, a growing audience for us. We also added a lovely glass-fronted bookcase that will contain a collection of modern first editions from Marvin Minkler, a dealer from Vermont, and designated an area easily converted to accommodate author events and book club gatherings."

Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road,

also carries greeting cards, Darien-related items and other merchandise designed by Nobu of Darien.

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The store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 203-655-2712 or visit www.barrettbookstore.com.