On March 22, 1998, the Friends Book Cellar opened for business two days a week, Sunday and Monday. On April 25, 1998 a grand opening was held. In spite of brisk sales the stock of materials was so great that four-day sales using the entire lower level were held in May and November of 1998. The store attracted more volunteers and more customers and by August the store was operating four days a week, Saturday through Tuesday. March 21, 2001 the Friends bookstore opened for business 6 days a week.