Lotus continuum

Cranbrook bookstore marks 40th birthday, celebrates the four women who have owned it over the years.

Left to right: Elaine Doran

Lotus Bookstore in Cranbrook held a special celebration Thursday, Nov. 29, marking the store’s 40th anniversary and the four businesswomen who have operated it since it opened as the Book Shoppe. Original owner Tommy Wheeler opened the store in 1972, Elaine Doran took it over  in 1989, Joanne Belanger in  2000, and Erin Dalton has just assumed ownership. Coffee and cake were on the menu, and books were calling from the shelves. Happy birthday, Lotus.