No bygone business has been mentioned more in “06880” than the Remarkable Book Shop.
The Main Street/Parker Harding corner store was a beloved, comfortable, meeting place. Whenever I need a reference point for a locally owned, customer-centric shop: Bingo!
But the Remarkable comes up in other ways too. There’s the Remarkable Bookcycle, a three-wheeled, mobile homage complete with the same pink color and logo.
There’s the Remarkable Theater, our downtown drive-in theater that takes its name directly — and fittingly — from that long-ago other entertainment option.
More recently, Cold Fusion Gelato — located opposite the former shop — hung the wooden “Remarkable Guy” inside, looking out on his old haunt.
And now Local to Market has opened on the book shop’s old site, offering food and crafts in a down-home way reminiscent of its predecessor.
But in all my references to the Remarkable Book Shop, I never knew that it was also part of a very popular children’s book.
The other day, alert “06880” reader Kerry Long spotted a Remarkable reference on Instagram. A user posted 2 images from Richard Scarry’s 1968 Random House classic, What Do People Do All Day?
There in the lower right corner — below drawings of a poet, artist and writer — was the Remarkable Book Shop.
A close-up shows that Scarry included the name of the proprietor: E. Kramer.
That would be Esther Kramer — the actual owner of the Westport store. (Regular “06880” readers know that the “Remarkable” name comes from “Kramer” spelled backward.)
So — decades later — the Remarkable Book Shop still lives. And not just on “06880,” but Instagram too.