Ryan Toso, pictured, and Cassidy McCaughan have opened Mobius Books on Argyle Street in Port Alberni. The city hasn’t had a dedicated bookstore in a couple of years. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)

Ryan Toso, pictured, and Cassidy McCaughan have opened Mobius Books on Argyle Street in Port Alberni. The city hasn’t had a dedicated bookstore in a couple of years. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)

BIZ BEAT: New bookstore opens in Uptown Port Alberni

Mobius owner following in mom’s footsteps

TERESA BIRD

Ryan Toso and Cassidy McCaughan have brought relief to bibliophiles in Port Alberni. Mobius Books opened April 6 on Argyle Street and people were waiting at the door to check it out.

The store features new books of all genres including a dedicated space for children’s books. Toso has books in his blood. Raised in Campbell River, his mother owned Coho Books. She recently retired and sold the store. Ryan’s parents were in Port Alberni helping him set up shop.

“I love books, that’s the number one reason I opened the shop,” says Toso. “There is a demand here in town for new books and I had my mom’s experience as a resource.”

Toso’s favourite genre is science fiction and the store is inspired by the mobius infinite loop he first encountered when he read Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan as a kid. Despite his personal preference, Mobius Books carries all genres of fiction, a diverse non-fiction section, children’s books and puzzles. And at Mobius, they can order in virtually any book you want. You can shop online at www.mobiusbookstore.ca.

Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Toso plans on expanding the store experience with story time for kids, author events, a reading area and more.

Mobius is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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