Bookstore owner eyes West Bank
Can reading be part of solving Jackson Hole’s traffic congestion problems?
Susie Temple thinks so.
The owner of Jackson Hole Book Trader since March 2017 is in planning stages to open a bookstore in the Westbank Center, in the place previously occupied by Butter 2 and near the new branch of Persephone, the popular bakery and coffee shop.
“It’s going to be a place hopefully where locals and tourists can find a book to read without going to town,” Temple said. “The way the West Bank is growing, the more we can have on the West Bank the better.”
Temple said the new shop might keep a few cars off the road and also get books into hands of people discouraged by the thought of a drive. She thinks the new location — she plans to call it Wilson Book Gallery — will attract locals and also take advantage of the large summer population in The Aspens and Teton Pines. Being near the new Persephone will be a big boost.
“The tie to Persephone is big,” she said. “We’re hoping people having a cup of coffee will wander over.”
The space is about 700 square feet and will include a kids section. Temple plans to offer mostly new books and won’t take used ones, as Jackson Hole Book Trader has in the past. She is calling the West Bank location a summer pop-up that she would like to become permanent if it catches on.
Temple thought about opening a Wilson or West Bank book store in the years before she bought Jackson Hole Book Trader, where she had worked. She talked to Book Trader owner Cindy Parker about her idea and learned that Parker was interested in selling the store she had bought from Dean Stayner, who opened Book Trader in 1998.
Temple hopes to find people on the West Bank who share her love of books.
“My goal is to put books in peoples’ hands,” she said. “I think it’s so important, especially right now, to have an intellectual hub of a sort. It’s my mission ... to have books available.”
— Mark Huffman
Jobs here, workers there
More than a third of all jobs in Teton County are filled by people who drive over Teton Pass from Idaho, according to figures released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.
The number of Idahoans who commuted to work in Teton County was 8,040 in the first three months of the year, according to the Wyoming Intercounty Commuting Report, 2018Q1. That was 37% of all jobs in the county.
Another 1,787 jobs, 8.2%, were filled by people commuting into the county but from inside Wyoming.
The inflow of workers was more than in any other county in the state. The closest county was Laramie, which had 6,694 people commuting in to work jobs. Laramie County is home to Cheyenne and adjacent to the heavily populated Colorado Front Range.
The report put the total number of jobs in Teton County at 21,733. Of that total, only 11,906, 54.8%, were filled by people who live in the county.
The total inflow, from out of state and other Wyoming counties, filled 9,827 jobs, 45.2% of the total. Lincoln County was the source of the largest number of Wyoming people commuting to Jackson Hole for jobs. That number was put at 1,129 people who filled 5.2% of jobs in Teton County.
The number of Teton County residents who commuted out of the county but within Wyoming to work was 569. Lincoln County accounted for 158 of those people.
Of all Wyoming jobs, 22.5% were filled during the quarter by people commuting from county to county or from out of state. Most instate commuting was done to and from adjacent counties; the exception was counties with a large number of energy and mining jobs, which drew workers from much greater distances.
The figures were computed by comparing wage records with driver’s license information. The state compiles the statistics to aid in planning for housing, traffic and road use.
— Mark Huffman