The husband and wife team of Jan Bolgla & Bob Roarty have owned Atlanta Vintage Books since 2007. Prior to this, Jan owned her own graphic design business and Bob worked in commercial print management. As they like to explain, "We were both pretty burned out and ready for a change, when Jan came across an advertisement announcing a bookstore was for sale. We'd always loved books and bookstores, and thought, 'We can do this! We've got to go for it...If we don't, we'll regret it for the rest of our lives. Three months later, we were the proud and slightly stunned owners of our very own bookstore...and we've loved it ever since!"
"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. " - Confucius
George has been working at AVB since 2011. He enjoys reading about history, Disney, and obscure factual information. When he's not here he is most likely watching Mystery Science Theater and hanging with his one-eyed cat, Jack and Jack's new brother Pete.
"No matter where you go, there you are" - Buckaroo Banzai
Mal has been working here since 2011. A former IT techie, counselor and hospice chaplain, she's our jack of all trades. Her areas of interest are all things religious, metaphysical, psychological and Jungian. When she's not hiking or traveling, you can often find her reading and writing at Fellinis Pizza with her sweet dog, Buddy.
"One day after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And then, for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Megan has been working here since 2014. She loves all things fiction, philosophy, poetry, and art. She is also the creator of our Radical Literature section. When she is not busy reading Murakami, she is at home growing vegetables and making strange art.
"What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice." - Ursula K. Le Guin
Christian joined us in the summer of 2019, after a 4-year apprenticeship in Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Classical Design. When he's not shelving books or vacuuming up cat hair, you can find him in his studio, playing music, or dreaming about Puerto Rico.
"Never give up." - Bob
Meet Jeannette, our Forensic specialist (a.k.a Bookkeeper). Jeannette, Jan and Bob go back almost 30 years, where they met working at Barlow Printing. Honest, funny and a snappy dresser, Jeannette keeps us all in line and Jan from drowning in paperwork. She and her husband Mo are parents to son Jesse and Chris, and feline siblings Domino and Bingo who were rescued from the AVB parking lot.
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty, —that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." - John Keats