Our Story

Hello & welcome to Pickwick Books!

I'd love to tell you our story....

It all started in 1995 when Des Brady first opened Pickwick's, on the historical corner of Mill and Dundas, in Waterdown, Ontario.
 'Mr. Pickwick' proudly served the area's avid readers for 15 years, amassing a large and eclectic variety of books within the building's old stone walls. 
In 2010 Pickwick Books had the Dupee family running the shop. They were loyal customers that didn't want to see their beloved book shop close when its original owner, Des, retired. 
And then in 2016, when Chris and Lori found raising a young family, having their own careers and running a bookshop was a bit too much, I stepped in!
Having driven past the bookshop and being drawn in to it, I was very excited to learn that it was looking for a new owner, so I bought it after my first visit.
I quit my job as a travel agent and my family and I moved nearby.
Best decision ever!
I have always been an avid reader and love to talk about books. I have learned so much and met so many fabulous people here and loved every minute of it.
Pickwicks has relied mainly on being a brick and mortar shop to sell it's gently used books... until now.

In February 2020, when COVID-19 hit, a new idea was born - online book boxes!

The passion at Pickwick's has always been to find good homes for good books, and now we can reach farther, to anywhere in Canada, directly to your doorstep.
Whether you visit our shop or order online I hope you enjoy your experience. When you support a small Canadian business you are also supporting a dream.
Happy reading! 
Cheryl Kaufman & Oliver
Stay tuned for new announcement!!