Bookstore's Last Chapter

Liberty Books, of Leesburg, citing increased competition, announced that it is going out of business and will close at 8 p.m. on Dec. 23.

Liberty Books opened in 1998, buying and selling new and used books at its East Market Street location, as well as over the Internet. Later that year, the independent Inglenook Bookstore closed on East Market Street.

This year, the Borders Books & Music chain opened a Sterling store, joining another chain, Crown Books Corp., which opened a Super Crown store in Sterling several years ago. Crown Books also has a much smaller store in Leesburg.

Liberty's co-owners, the husband-and-wife team of Todd Lapham and Sandi Redman, also own Megabytes, a restaurant at Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, on the Dulles Toll Road at the Loudoun and Fairfax county lines.

Society Elects Area Broker

Taylorstown resident Mary Conover, an associate broker with RE/MAX Renaissance, of Leesburg, has been elected to the advisory board of the Real Estate Cyberspace Society.

The Boston-based society offers real estate agents programs and services to help them set up World Wide Web sites, keep up with changes in industry technology, network with other professionals and market themselves.

The society's site, www.recyber.com, offers information on society seminars. Members of the society have access to an online library and other services.

Chamber to Hold Party

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold a holiday party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Leesburg Holiday Inn on Route 7.

Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. The chamber will collect unwrapped toys to donate to the Salvation Army. Any guest bringing a toy will pay a discounted admission of $3.

For information, call the chamber at 703-777-2176 or visit www.loudounchamber.org.

Please fax items for Thursday's business page to Sarah Schafer at 703-777-8437, or send them by mail to 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or by e-mail to schafers@washpost.com.