Bob and Angel Dobrow met in New York City 30 years ago. Back in the day, one of their favorite pastimes was walking the streets of the City and exploring New York’s amazing bookstores. The books they collected over the years are now part of the starting inventory of Zenith Bookstore. Bob and Angel raised three sons, had many interesting jobs and life experiences, and moved to Northfield, Minnesota in 2001. On a trip to the North Shore they fell in love with Duluth.
Opening a bookstore fulfills a life-time dream — to establish a place that celebrates a passion for books and reading while fostering inclusiveness and community.
Bob is retired from 20 years of teaching math and statistics at Carleton College. An avid reader, he also enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing cards. Bob authored two college probability textbooks. He is also an active martial artist in Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate.
Angel, long active in the food, sustainability and environmental movements, is a voracious reader and organizes the monthly Zenith Reads book club. Be sure to ask her for recommendations! She also is an herbalist and runs a CSA in Duluth for medicinal and culinary herbs.
It Takes a Village!
Opening a bookstore is a huge commitment of time, work and resources. We could not have done it without the help and support of our friends and family, and so many wonderful people we have met along the way, including many wise and generous folks in the book industry. These people painted walls, tore up carpeting, donated books, and gave some great advice. Thank you!!!
Meet Our Staff
Nikki Silvestrini, Zenith Bookstore's general manager, grew up in Duluth telling stories about Lake Superior and the monsters that live there. Ready for her own adventures, she soon found herself in Indiana and Oregon where she pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Her love of books has given her the opportunity to work at many great independent bookstores in Minnesota, including Northern Lights, the Bookstore at Fitger’s, Wild Rumpus, and now Zenith Bookstore. Nothing satisfies her more than finding just the right book for someone. As a hiker and musician, Nikki can often be found in the woods or by a lake singing songs to her dog, The Disreputable Dog (can you guess which book that name came from?). She loves children’s and young adult literature, science fiction and fantasy. Genre aside, if you tell her about a good book, you’ll later find her tucked away reading it.
Beth Burnett, Zenith Bookstore's assistant manager, is new to the Duluth area. She moved here in June with her husband needing an adventure and more hills, as they were previously living in the Fargo/Moorhead area. In the FM area, Beth was working on a degree in English Education at Concordia College in Moorhead. She just finished her first full year of teaching 6th grade Language Arts, and is extremely excited about continuing her work as an educator in the area. Beth has two years of bookstore experience, previously working at Books Revisited in St. Cloud, MN. In continuing her passion of working around books, she also worked at the campus library while attending school. Her passions in reading include fiction, classical literature, science fiction, YA literature, Native American history and storytelling, and a variety of other topics. In life, Beth thrives off the knowledge and stories of others and outdoor adventures.
John McCormick has over eight years of experience selling books at independent bookstores in Duluth, having worked at both Northern Lights and the Bookstore at Fitger's. When not selling books, he's teaching College Writing courses, working with the Spirit Lake Poetry Series, watching Netflix, going for hikes, or sitting down to work on his own writing projects (mainly poetry). He is particularly fond of fiction, fantasy, poetry and graphic novels, but also often finds himself engrossed in a book exploring some overlooked facet of society. He enjoys seeing how people explore the world through language!
Carol Hall is a Duluth native who moved away for a decade, but was compelled to return to Lake Superior and the beauty of the city on the hill. She spent many years in the broadcasting industry, in radio and television, on the air and in sales. Carol loves to cook and bake as a hobby. She makes homemade dog cookies for her Pomeranian, and spoils her cat and bird as well. She is a licensed real estate agent and sells houses when she is not in the bookstore. Her true obsession is books. She has read more than 90 books in 2017 as of July 1st.
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