Finding a good read: Retired hair stylist opens bookstore

Backroom Treasures Bookstore owner Irene Gumm stands behind the
counter of her new enterprise. Hanging up her scissors for books, Gumm,
who has been styling hair for the past 30 years, is enjoying this new chapter. 

       After 30 years in the hair styling business Irene Gumm says she’s ready to share another passion she enjoys — books. 

From hardbound to paperbacks with a wide selection of westerns, mysteries and historical novels, along with a variety of other topics written by well known authors, the shelves of the new Backroom Treasures Bookstore are full. The used books originate from the collection she and her late husband Keith acquired over their 47 years of marriage.
“They’re in great condition,” Irene said of the selection of books for sale. 
It took about 3 months to move and organize the collection of books from her home to the 206 Logan Avenue location. Although she hasn’t yet taken on the task of cataloging the books, it’s something she hopes to accomplish during the winter months.
Hardbound and large paperbacks are being offered at $5 each, while most paperbacks cost a buck.


Boasting two cozy reading chairs, pillows and an area rug, along with a variety of bookshelves, the newly decorated bookstore offers customers an inviting environment to peruse the selection of books for sale.
Although hanging up her scissors for books wasn’t entirely easy, Gumm noted she felt better about her decision knowing a successor was in place to take the reins of the New Image. Natasha Hutchison began styling hair at the salon last year.
“I’m very comfortable passing it on,” Gumm said. “Natasha is very caring to clients and does a great job.” 
Irene first opened the New Image Salon in the Kempton Hotel in 1983. The salon later moved to its current location at 206 Logan Avenue, in what is known locally as the Eddie Gaub building. 
Backroom Treasures Bookstore is housed in the office space directly behind the New Image Hair Salon. 

Published August 14, 2013

Article Type: 


How would you feel about a four-day school week in Terry?: