The Hearts & Hands Christian bookstore and gifts had a lot to celebrate Tuesday morning as a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held.

The Hearts & Hands Christian bookstore and gifts had a lot to celebrate Tuesday morning as a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held.
The bookstore had just recently opened, originally at the Johnson Shopping Center off N. Hervey, but within almost record time, has relocated into newly refurbished space at 201 Main Street in downtown Hope.
Store owner Gary Bolin acknowledged, “I want to thank the Hope Downtown Network for its help; we couldn’t have made it. They got us moved and relocated within four hours on a Saturday. They moved everything, everything in there.”
Bolin also thanked the Wilson family, who owns the downtown building, for their role in renovations, including new carpeting, which helped facilitate the bookstore moving in. Paul Wilson attended the ceremony.
“Without Paul, our dream would not have come true; we wanted this store for over a year and a half ago.  Paul stepped in, and they got it ready in a week and a half, folks,” Bolin said.
Hope Mayor Steve Montgomery gave a short speech welcoming the bookstore into downtown.
Also on hand were Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse, County Clerk Karen Mitchell Smith, and Chamber Director Beckie Moore as well as Downtown Network President Bob Erwin.