YOUR GUIDE TO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT IN DUPAGE COUNTY
Our history dates back to 1875 when our great-great grandfather Wickel opened W. W. Wickel Pharmacy in Naperville, IL. Naperville was a small farming town at that time, and our great-great grandfather and his son-in-law Louis Oswald sold books along with all of the other items in the store. Surviving the depression, Oswald’s, or Ozzie’s as many people came to call it, became ingrained in our town’s mindset. Naperville has now grown to over 145,000, making it the fourth largest city in Illinois.
In 1964 our grandfather opened our first official bookstore above the drugstore, calling it Paperback Paradise. Since then we have expanded and moved several times, opening our Downers Grove store in 1980 and a children’s wholesale warehouse bookfair company, Anderson’s Bookfair Company (ABCFairs), in 1982. Our bookfair company has grown and moved 5 times from being in the basement of our Downers Grove store to our warehouse in Aurora.
The members 5th generation that own and run the businesses today all started to work at a very young age at our family’s drugstore. Working along side with your grandfather, parents, brothers, sister, and children is a family tradition that creates community within your family, and reaches your employees, your customers, and beyond your brick and mortar location. Each generation of our family has offered new touches and ideas to keep us innovative, fresh and exciting. We are general stores with a commitment to the communities in which we ... view more »
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