About Us

Serving Our Community for Over 50 Years!

Friendship Bookstore began as a quaint country store in the Belleville area called “Das Musikhous” in the early 1960’s. Established by Ray and Wilma French, the store relocated to Lewistown, PA in 1961 when the French’s purchased “Cavanaugh Book and Bible Shop” on Chesnut Street. Renamed “Friendship Book Store,” it relocated to Market Street, then later W. 4th Street, Lewistown.

Friendship Bookstore’s services expanded, offering Christian books, church supplies, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curriculum, greeting cards and gifts. In 1971, “Friendship Book Store and Country Gift Shoppe” moved to 19 S. Brown Street.

Theil Kauffman began working part time in 1971, eventually expanding to full time and store management in 1978. Theil and his wife, Andrea, (Ray’s niece) purchased “Friendship Bookstore” in 1987, while it was still at its S. Brown Street location, and hired additional staff. Their children, Larry and Charity, have supported the family business through delivering Sunday school curriculum and working part time throughout high school and college.

Friendship Bookstore relocated to its current location in the Mifflin County Commons in Burnham in 2004. We continue to serve individuals and churches in the Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, Huntingdon and Centre Counties by offering Christian resources,  gifts and local interest merchandise. We sell a variety of fiction and non-fiction book titles, Bibles, Bible study resources for individuals, small groups and church, contemporary, praise & worship, southern gospel, traditional and choral music, DVDs, gifts, jewelry, greeting cards, children’s books, DVDs, music and toys, choir gowns, church supplies, Sunday school curriculum, VBS curriculum and local interest books and merchandise.Friendship (1)