43* ABA Member Stores Open in 2012

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    *Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    The American Booksellers Association welcomed 43 indie bookstores that opened in 2012 in 25 states. Among them were six branches of existing businesses and seven selling primarily used books. California is home to seven new stores; New York, five; Florida and Texas, three; and Kansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, two.

    One of the South Carolina stores was opened by retired lawyer and University of South Carolina Adjunct Professor of English Bill Funderburk with his wife, state Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk. On June 12, the Funderburks opened Books on Broad in downtown Camden, South Carolina. Camden is seeing a surge in local shopping, and Funderburk is happy to be a part of  it.

    “We’re here to support our community, support people who like to read, and be a part of the revitalization of our area,” Funderburk said. “We’re following a passion, and we’re trying to foster that in the community.”

    In Riverside, California, Linda Nurick opened Cellar Door Books, a 1,745-square-foot general bookstore with a hand-selected inventory and big plans to engage the area’s entire community of readers.

    “I knew my city needed an independent bookstore, and I saw that this was happening nationwide,” she said. “People were starting to regret, perhaps, the demise of the indie bookstore.”

    To ensure that Cellar Door succeeds in meeting the needs of community members, Nurick has been asking customers about the books they want to read, books they have read and liked, or simply what they want to see in the store. Instead of placing a large order with a distributor, Nurick hand-picked each title that her store carries.

    “I’m listening to the customers that are walking in the door,” she said. “I think that our customer base is thoughtful, intelligent, and wants to be challenged. And of course, there are some people that want to read something fun and light. I’m playing it as I go, and it seems to be working. People are coming in liking what they see.”

    With more than $10,000 raised via the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo, Chris and Gina Jones opened Monte Cristo Bookshop in New London, Connecticut, just in time for the holiday season.

    “Sales were triple our expectations, considering we have only marketed ourselves through social networking,” said Chris Jones. The holiday season proved to Jones that the New London needed a bookstore. “We were welcomed with open arms,” he said, adding that one customer entered the store clapping his hands.

    Here’s a look at the complete list of ABA member stores opening in 2012:

    Acorn Books
    1030 Forrest Avenue, Suite 114
    Dover, DE 19904-3382
    (302) 734-9100

    The Avid Reader Active
    605 2nd Street
    Davis, CA 95616-4620
    (530) 759-1599
    (Branch store)

    Bank of Books
    Point Dume Village
    Heathercliff Rd. #109
    Malibu, CA 90265
    (310) 457-5699
    (Branch store)

    Bluebird Books
    2 South Main Street
    Hutchinson, KS 67501-5422
    (620) 259-6868

    The Book Nook & Java Shop
    8726 Ferry Street
    Montague, MI 49437-1210
    (231) 894-5333

    The Book Tree
    6121 La Salle Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94611-2801
    (510) 339-0513

    50 Love Lane
    Mattituck, NY 11952-3282
    (631) 315-5064
    (Branch store)

    4459 Crain Highway, Unit 103
    White Plains, MD 20695-3046
    (301) 836-6236
    (Primarily used books)

    Books and Other Found Things
    13 Loudoun Street, S.W.
    Leesburg, VA 20175-2908
    (703) 609-7504
    (Primarily used books)

    Books on Broad
    944 Broad Street
    Camden, SC 29020-4315
    (803) 713-7323

    The Bookshelf Midtown
    1123 Thomasville Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303-6223
    (850) 765-0378
    (Branch store)

    29 Central Avenue
    Tarrytown, NY 10591-3377
    (914) 564-6527
    (Primarily used books)

    Cape Atlantic Book Company
    City Center Mall
    421 Washington Street, #202-203
    Cape May, NJ 08204-1401
    (609) 846-7688

    Cellar Door Books
    5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 30A-B
    Riverside, CA 92507-6301
    (951) 787-7807

    City Lit  Books
    2523 North Kedzie Boulevard
    Chicago, IL 60647-2634
    (773) 235-2523

    Copperfish Books
    1205 Elizabeth Street, Suite A
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950-6052
    (914) 205-2560

    Cuppa Pulp
    119 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 8
    Nanuet, NY 10954-2882
    (845) 598-5183

    Duck’s Cottage Downtown
    105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street
    Manteo, NC 27954-9419
    (252) 473-1056

    Face in a Book
    4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 113
    El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7113
    (916) 941-9401

    A Fiction Addiction
    102 East Molloy Road
    Syracuse, NY 13211-1611
    (315) 516-4578

    Finally Found Books
    32709 Railroad Avenue
    Black Diamond, WA 98010-9789
    (425) 765-5601
    (Primarily used books)

    Firefly Bookstore
    230 West Main Street
    Kutztown, PA 19530-1637
    (484) 648-2712

    Five Stone Bookstore
    2264 Lebanon Valley Mall
    Lebanon, PA 17042-2568
    (717) 272-3333

    For Your Perusal
    411 South Main Street
    Grapevine, TX 76051-5328
    (214) 499-6734
    (Primarily used books)

    Glow Worm Used Books and Sundries
    310 Main Street
    Spring, TX 77373-8374
    (281) 253-0782
    (Primarily used books)

    Indy Reads Books
    911 Massachusetts Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-3443
    (317) 384-1496

    Kepler’s 2020, FPC
    (dba Kepler’s Books and Magazines)
    1010 El Camino Real
    Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349
    (415) 601-2593

    Monte Cristo Bookshop
    13 Washington Street
    New London, CT 06320-6066
    (860) 608-5902

    Moon Palace Books
    2820 East 33rd Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55406-2426
    (612) 454-0455

    Ms. Wendy’s Wonderful World of Books
    421 Osborne Street
    Saint Marys, GA 31558-8413
    (912) 576-7888
    (Primarily used books)

    7309 West 80th Street
    Overland Park, KS 66204-3722
    (913) 649-0000

    New Bo Books
    1105 3rd Street, S.E.
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-2305
    (319) 247-2665

    Our Bookstore
    1030 Howard Street
    Omaha, NE 68102-2815
    (402) 346-4445

    Oxford Exchange
    420 West Kennedy Boulevard
    Tampa, FL 33606
    (813) 253-0222

    The Peoples Book Shop
    605 Wings Mills Road
    Mount Vernon, ME 04352-3807
    (207) 620-2392

    Peregrine Book Company
    219 North Cortez Street, Suite A
    Prescott, AZ 86301-3054
    (928) 445-9000

    Phoenix Books Burlington
    191 Bank Street
    Burlington, VT 05401-3961
    (802) 448-3350
    (Branch store)

    SubText: A Bookstore
    165 Western Avenue, North
    Saint Paul, MN 55102-4613
    (612) 387-8803

    Unicorn Books and Gifts
    738 Main Street
    Ramona, CA 92065

    A Very Little Bookstore
    112 South Main Street
    Summerville, SC 29483-6008
    (843) 695-7379

    Whitetale Books
    2010 S.W. HK Dodgen Loop, Suite 107
    Temple, TX 76504-7055
    (254) 774-9695

    World’s Only Curious George Store
    Harvard Square
    1 JFK Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138-4908
    (617) 547-4500

    Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe
    31 Main Street
    Warwick, NY 10990-1334
    (845) 544-7184