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New bookstore
adds to charm of the Square


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  Looking for a good weekend read, a steamy romance or true crime, but don’t want to pay a premium price for a brand new novel? Dawg-Eared Books, the latest addition to the McDonough Square in downtown McDonough, is now open, and filling the void left after the closing of The Bell, Book and Candle Used Bookstore last month.

Dawg-Eared owners Jeff Wells, Russ Gowin and M.J. Gowin welcome customers to the newly opened bookstore on the McDonough Square located in Clay Plaza.

Photo by Melissa Robinson

  When Dawg-Eared owners Jeff Wells, Russ Gowin and his sister, M.J. Gowin found out that Bell Book and Candle was closing, they decided that McDonough needed a used bookstore and were determined to open one. Wells also said that it was on a Haunted History Tour, years earlier, that he fell in love with the McDonough Square. It was after learning about McDonough’s history that he was inspired to write his book, Atlanta or Hell, the Train Crash of 1900. The college history professor has four books under his belt and it’s a love for books that also inspired him and his good friends, the Gowins, to open a bookstore.

  M.J. said she is excited about their store’s location in the Clay Plaza on the McDonough Square and looks forward to being a small business owner. Wells said after pondering the idea of opening the store for a few weeks, finding the location on the Square sealed the deal.

  “We decided if we opened a bookstore, we wanted to be able to look out on the Square. We got a great deal on the space and even though the economy is uncertain, I think it’s good for a small business like this right now,” said Wells.

  In addition to the bookstore, Wells is taking over the Haunted History Tour that Bell Book and Candle had been offering for the last several years, and they are also adding a separate Geranium City tour.

  Caprice Walker, owner of Bell Book and Candle, will lend advice as a consultant for the Haunted History Tour. She was even able to transfer the former phone number for Bell, Book and Candle to Dawg-Eared Books.

   The new bookstore will offer mostly used books, a few new titles and a gift section. The space is between 1,000 and 1,100 feet and will feature several small nooks to peruse titles, which are expected to be between 7,000 to 8,000 with a capacity for approximately 10,000 books. Hardcovers will cost $4 and paperbacks run $3 and under, and the store will also take trade-ins. 

  Store hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed on Monday.

  For more information, visit, visit them on Facebook or call 770-957-1880. For information on the tours, visit



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