Plot Twist Bookstore, Ankeny

Plot Twist Bookstore, Ankeny

Mary Rork-Watson has always dreamed of owning her own business and when the timing seemed right, she couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Mary began researching potential ideas and landed on an independent bookstore, due to the support given by the American Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. Plot Twist Bookstore opened in April of 2016 in Ankeny.


Plot Twist Bookstore is a place where book lovers can browse, meet, and talk. The bookstore is a full-service store with a curated inventory of books for readers of all ages, unique greeting cards, gifts, and games. Mary reached out to the MID Iowa SBDC when she decided she wanted some assistance in starting her business. A majority of the help that Mary received from Jan Bruene was a wide variety of informational tools to make sure she was fully educated on how to run a successful business. Mary said, “The SBDC offers professional classes and workshops that provide real-world information.”

Mary and her husband, Doug, were surprised with the amount of capital you need to start a business, but made it through their first year of business and are celebrating. The steady growth Plot Twist Bookstore has experienced within the last year is encouraging Mary to eventually move into a large space so that she can host more book clubs, increase shelf space, and have extra storage space.


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