An 18-month effort to replace a drab former gas station with a modern custom literary emporium is about to finally pay off for a pair of La Cañada Flintridge residents.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse owners Peter and Lenora Wannier expect to open their new and expanded Foothill Boulevard location on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating a new chapter in the city’s literary life.
While the move from a leased location at Foothill and Angeles Crest Highway to the one they built up the street at Foothill and Chevy Chase Drive takes them not much further than next door, the Wanniers hope to go miles in expanding the bookstore’s role in the community.
“It’s not an accident that we chose to relocate across from the La Cañada Flintridge Community Center. It makes us a literary community center in a kind of way, which is what this town has never convincingly had,” said Peter Wannier, a retired Caltech astronomy professor and JPL research scientist.