The owner, Portia Ezell, said that while she’s enjoyed having a bookstore, she knows it’s time to retire, just as she knew it was time to retire from the Christian County School system eight years ago.
“It was a pretty good run, and I can mark that off my list of things I always wanted to do,” said Ezell.
When Portia started the business five and a half years ago, it was just her and her daughter, but about three years ago, Jessica left, leaving just Portia to run the store, which sits across from Hot Diggity Dog.
As the only person available to run the store, Portia said she really couldn’t go anywhere. She also said one of the reasons for closing is because the local economy is rough, and has been for almost two years.
“People are trying to put food on the table and make mortgage payments, and don’t have money to buy extras,” Ezell said.
She said that after the store closes, she’ll spend more time with her children and grandchildren in North Carolina, Indiana and Lexington, and will see if she likes retirement “the second time around.”
Before running Eldora’s Books, Portia worked as a schoolteacher for 37 years, 31 of which were in Christian County, before retiring in 2002.