Andrea Avantaggio is a part owner of the family-run Maria’s Bookshop on Main Avenue. Her husband, Peter Schultz, and their son Evan, help her balance the books, manage the store and organize events. “We have great support,” Avantaggio said. “I think that helps keep all of us from feeling overwhelmed from how much there is to figure out all the time.” She joins our committee as the 2019 winner in the Business Owner category. Avantaggio is a member of several groups associated with her business, including the American Booksellers Association, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association and Independent Booksellers Consortium. She navigates the challenges of running a business with ease, while keeping up with changing technology and providing excellent customer service.