Stephanie DiSanto hopes to open The Little Nook Bookstore in...

Stephanie DiSanto hopes to open The Little Nook Bookstore in Wading River this spring.  Credit: Stephanie DiSanto

Stephanie DiSanto always had a vision of opening a bookstore cafe.

But that vague vision is now becoming a reality as DiSanto, a stay-at-home mom with her son, Lucas, 2, felt compelled to start her own business.

“I thought, what better time to open just a small cozy bookstore in my town,” says DiSanto, who is in the process of opening The Little Nook Bookstore at the Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River.

Likening her bookshop, which is only about 500 square feet, to a “small scale Barnes & Noble,” DiSanto says The Little Nook Bookstore will be set up like a comfortable living room and carry a variety of books in all genres.

“I feel, especially nowadays, people are supporting more and more small local businesses and avid readers would definitely love a small hometown bookshop,” DiSanto says.

DiSanto says reading has always held a special place in her heart. “As someone who suffers from anxiety, reading is an escape,” DiSanto says. “It’s a way to unwind, disconnect and get lost in a different place with different characters.”

DiSanto says The Little Nook Bookstore is expected to open within the next few months, where, with Lucas at her side, she expects to get a little help from friends and family as needed.

In the meantime, DiSanto has been busy meeting with other small businesses in the area, fleshing out plans for the bookstore to hold children’s events, author signings, book club meetings and more.

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