59 ABA Member Stores Open in 2014, 29 Sold to New Owners*

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    Updated: February 6, 2015.*

    In 2014, the American Booksellers Association welcomed 59 indie bookstores that opened in 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the largest number of new stores joining ABA in a single year since the start of the Great Recession in 2008.

    The new stores include nine branches or satellites of existing businesses and five stores selling primarily used books.

    In another sign of the health of independent bookstores, 29 established ABA member businesses were bought by new owners.

    One of the youngest stores joining ABA in 2014 was Washington, D.C.’s Upshur Street Books, which has thrived since its opening on November 1, said Anna Thorn, the store’s general manager. “We were lucky to be opening in the holiday season, so it helped in getting the word out. Everybody was eager to come in and eager to shop, and they got to know the store.”

    Upshur owner Paul Ruppert decided to lay ground for the bookstore right next door to his Petworth Citizen restaurant, which already offered a lending library and reading room. He funded the bookstore with the help of a Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grant from the city, which went toward construction, and a Kickstarter campaign, which garnered $20,000 for inventory, Thorn said.

    Since its opening, Upshur has studded its calendar with events and activities for booklovers: children’s author events and sing-alongs, appearances by local and debut authors, local artist showcases, documentary film screenings paired with talks by academics, and a “book versus movie” discussion group that meets at Petworth’s bar next door. Thorn said plans for more workshops and classes are ongoing.

    Bookends and Beginnings, which was opened by spouses Jeff Garrett and Nina Barrett in June in Evanston, Illinois, has succeeded despite the presence of what some might assume to be obstacles: potential competition from an enormous Barnes & Noble a few blocks away, campus bookstores associated with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and multiple small, used bookstores throughout the neighborhood.

    The general bookstore offering new, used, and bargain books is in the former location of the well-known antiquarian bookstore Bookman’s Alley. “We opened in a community where there were really no full-service independent bookstores,” said Barrett, an author and former food reporter. “I have lived in Evanston for 30 years, so we were surprised that this store didn’t exist because Evanston is this big university town. What Cambridge is to Boston, Evanston is to Chicago; it’s like its own little city. We felt there was an independent bookstore desert here.”

    It was Garrett, a rare library collections expert, who introduced one of the store’s surprise top sellers: a carefully curated selection of international children’s books in 26 different languages. Barrett said the success of these books makes sense because of the surrounding area’s diverse demographics, including Skokie, which Barrett described as “the biggest melting pot you can imagine.”

    This June, Phinney Books took over the location of Santoro’s Books in Seattle, Washington’s Phinney Ridge-Greenwood neighborhood from longtime owner Carol Santoro. Tom Nissley, an eight-time Jeopardy! champion and former editor at Amazon, said that his new business was able to hit the ground running. “We have this great built-in community that is appreciative they still have a bookstore,” he said.

    The space has gone through a number of cosmetic changes since Phinney Books’ opening. “It’s still a general interest, neighborhood bookstore — we’re mainly just giving it a new look,” Nissley said. He and his wife, Laura Silverstein, have also started a newsletter and instituted a “Phinney By Post” book club, which is already up to 80 subscribers who receive a new “forgotten classic” book in the mail every month.

    Nissley’s high profile as a Jeopardy! winner helped the store draw some great press when it opened, including stories in the Seattle Times and the New York Times, and it still attracts customers today.

    Overall, Nissley said he is grateful for the amount of support he has gotten from other booksellers in this reader-friendly community. “I know a lot of the booksellers in town, who, when I was first thinking about [opening the store], were more optimistic than I was,” he said. It was, in part, this encouragement from other independent booksellers that pushed him to follow through on his idea of becoming a bookstore owner.

    Changing Hands Phoenix, a branch of Changing Hands’ 40-year-old flagship location in Tempe, also enjoyed positive press and had volumes of community support even before it opened on May 30.

    Cindy Dach, who co-owns the business with store founders Gayle Shanks and Bob Sommer, said she never could have imagined that the Phoenix location, which includes First Draft Book Bar, would be running so well already.

    “We’ve learned a lot about running two stores, including one with a bar in it,” Dach said. “It has just been going very smoothly, considering we took on something we’d never done before, something totally new.” She, Shanks, and Sommer “spoke to so many restaurant owners in the local community” that they encountered very few surprises, Dach added. But, she said with a laugh, they did discover that the espresso machine ran too loud during readings.

    “We got a lot of great press in the very beginning; so many people in our community know we’re here,” Dach said, “but there are still so many people who don’t know we’re here yet. The next big tackle is continuing to communicate our presence, including through outreach and event pairing with local nonprofits and community groups.”

    Here’s a look at the complete list of new stores, branches, and satellites joining the association in 2014:

    ABA Member Stores/Branches Opening in 2014

    Ancestry Books
    2205 Lowry Avenue North
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
    612-521-4090
    ancestrybooksmn.com

    Battle Creek Books
    51 Michigan Avenue West
    Battle Creek, MI 49017
    269-339-1877

    Between the Lines Bookstore
    1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive
    McKinley Alumni Center
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    225-288-7568

    Bisbee Books & Music
    2 Copper Queen Plaza
    Bisbee, AZ 85603
    206-375-1483
    bisbeebam.com

    Blue Frog Books
    3615 East Grand River Avenue
    Howell, MI 48843
    517-552-6080
    bluefrogbooksandmore.com

    Book Burrow
    21 Western Avenue
    Cooper’s Corner, Lower Village
    Kennebunk, ME 04043
    207-204-5006
    thebookburrow.com

    Book Culture on Columbus
    450 Columbus Avenue
    New York, NY 10024
    212-595-1962
    bookculture.com
    (Branch)

    Bookends & Beginnings
    1712 Sherman Avenue, Rear 1
    Evanston, IL 60201
    224-999-7722
    bookendsandbeginnings.com

    Bookmark It
    3201 Corrine Drive
    Orlando, FL 32803
    407-389-9870
    bookmarkitorlando.com

    Books & Books
    The Cafe at Books & Books @ The Arsht Center
    1300 Biscayne Boulevard
    Miami, FL 33132
    786-405-1744
    booksandbooks.com
    (Satellite)

    BooksOrBooks
    3460 East Sunset Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89120
    702-301-4275
    booksorbooks.com
    (Primarily Used Books)

    Carmichael’s Kids
    1313 Bardstown Road
    Louisville, KY 40204
    502-709-4900
    carmichaelsbookstore.com
    (Branch)

    Cavanaugh Collectibles
    1928 43rd Avenue East
    Seattle, WA 98112
    425-241-4521

    Changing Hands Phoenix
    300 West Camelback Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85013
    602-274-0067
    changinghands.com
    (Branch)

    City Stacks Books and Coffee
    1743 Wazee Street
    Denver, CO 80202
    303-297-1440
    citystacks.com

    Classic Lines
    5825 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    412-422-2220

    Clock Tower Books
    105 Screven Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440
    843-546-8212

    Content Bookstore
    314 Division Street
    Northfield, MN 55057
    contentbookstore.com
    507-222-9238

    Daybreak Press Global Bookshop & Gathering Space
    1665 Grand Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105
    651-756-7287
    daybreak.rabata.org

    Green Apple Books on the Park
    1231 9th Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    415-742-5833
    greenapplebooks.com
    (Branch)

    Greenhouse Children’s Books
    1122 Tittabawasse Road
    Saginaw, MI 48604
    989-752-6313
    greenhouse-books.com

    Harbor Books
    20 Main Street
    Sag Harbor, NY 11963
    631-808-3401

    Harris Used Books
    3618 Canold Court
    Raleigh, NC 27610
    919-817-1733
    harrisusedbooks.com
    (Primarily Used Books)

    Ideas
    2102 Kimberton Road
    Kimberton, PA 19442
    252-895-1140

    Inscribed Books & Gifts
    3914 Miami Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45227
    513-272-8000

    Jack & Allie’s
    520 Hartford Turnpike
    Vernon, CT 06066
    860-375-8465
    jackandallies.com

    Joe’s Place
    640 South Main Street
    Greenville, SC 29601
    864-558-0828
    (Primarily Used Books)

    Kicks Mix Bookstore
    38 South 3rd Street
    Newark, OH 43055
    740-345-9800
    kicksmixbooks.com

    King City Books
    104 North 9th Street
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    618-315-6774

    NeNe’s Books & Cafe
    100 North Walnut Street
    Clarksville, TX 75426
    214-695-5471
    nenesbooksandcafe.com

    On the Dot Books
    Dot2Dot Cafe
    1739 Dorchester Avenue
    Dorchester, MA 02124
    617-704-8641
    onthedotbooks.com

    Once Upon a Storybook
    17300 East 17th Street
    Tustin, CA 92780
    onceuponastorybook.us
    714-357-9950

    Once Upon a Tome Bookstore
    655 Washington Street
    Eden, NC 27288
    828-226-3584

    Out West Books
    533 Main Street
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    970-986-8086

    Pages on Livernois
    21635 Stanstead Road
    Northville, MI 48167
    248-982-1590
    pagesonlivernois.com

    Pageturners Bookstore
    101 East Salem Avenue
    Indianola, IA 50125
    515-423-8797
    pageturnersbookstore.com

    Papercuts, JP
    5 Green Street
    Boston, MA 02130
    617-522-3404
    facebook.com/papercutsjp

    Phinney Books
    7405 Greenwood Avenue North
    Seattle, WA 98103
    206-940-4764
    phinneybooks.com

    Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets
    625 Monroe Street
    Washington, DC 20017
    202-636-7230
    politics-prose.com
    (Satellite)

    Queer Books
    430 Gaskill Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
    215-253-7632
    queerbooksphilly.com

    Reader’s Nook
    52F-1 Estate Thomas
    St. Thomas, VI 00802
    340-244-4060
    readersnookvi.com

    RoscoeBooks
    2142 West Roscoe Street
    Chicago, IL 60618
    978-549-1771
    roscoebooks.com

    Scuppernong Books
    304 South Elm Street
    Greensboro, NC 27401
    336-763-1919
    scuppernongbooks.com

    Short Stories Community Book Hub
    52 Cambridge Street
    Madison, NJ 07940
    973-879-2439
    shortstoriesnj.com

    Stratton Street Bookstore
    214 Stratton Street
    Logan, WV 25601
    304-752-8780

    Sweetwood Books
    1524 County Road 220
    Fleming Island, FL 32003
    904-401-1551

    Tattered Cover at Denver International Airport
    8500 Pena Avenue
    Denver, CO 80249
    tatteredcover.com
    (Satellite)

    Tattered Cover at Union Station
    1701 Wynkoop Street
    Denver, CO 80202
    tatteredcover.com
    (Satellite)

    The Curious Reader
    229 Rock Road
    Glen Rock, NJ 07452
    201-444-1918
    thecuriousreaderbooks.com

    The Faded Cover
    105 South 1st Street
    La Conner, WA 98257
    360-399-1673
    thefadedcover.com
    (Primarily Used Books)

    The Novel Neighbor
    7905 Big Bend Boulevard
    Webster Groves, MO 63119
    314-738-9384
    thenovelneighbor.com

    The Purple Chair
    2302 Gruene Lake Drive
    New Braunfels, TX 78130
    830-387-4837
    thepurplechairnb.com

    The Well-Read Moose
    2048 North Main Street
    Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
    208-771-5810

    The Writer’s Block
    1020 Fremont Street
    Las Vegas, NV 89101
    702-550-6399
    thewritersblock.org

    Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
    631 North Carrollton Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-598-5536
    tubbyandcoos.com

    Upshur Street Books
    827 Upshur Street NW
    Washington, DC 20011
    202-726-0380
    upshurstreetbooks.com

    White Deer Books
    100 Whiting Street
    Winsted, CT 06098
    860-491-6564
    (Branch – Primarily Used Books)

    Wicked Good Books
    215 Essex Street
    Salem, MA 01970
    978-594-1938
    wickedgoodbookstore.com

    Writer’s Block Bookstore
    124 East Welbourne Avenue
    Winter Park, FL 32789
    407-385-7084
    writersblockbookstore.com

    ABA Member Stores Welcoming New Owners in 2014*

    Appletree Books
    New owner: Alice Webster
    12419 Cedar Road
    Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
    216-791-2665
    appletree-books.com

    Bank Street Book Nook
    New owner: Vanessa Gronbach
    50 Bank Street
    New Milford, CT 06776
    bankstreetbooks.net
    860-354-3865

    Bay Books
    New owner: Moira Kelly
    2415 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA 94583
    925-855-1524
    baybooks.us

    Best of Books
    New owner: Joe Hight
    Kickingbird Square
    1313 East Danforth Road
    Edmond, OK 73034
    405-340-9202
    bestofbooksedmond.com

    Bookheads
    New owner: Cara Scofield
    216 East Mill Street
    Plymouth, WI 53073
    920-892-6657

    Booksmith
    New owner: VaLinda Payne-Miller
    283 Market Street
    Seneca, SC 29678
    864-885-0872
    thebooksmith.com

    Broadway Books
    New co-owner: Kim Bissell
    1714 NE Broadway Street
    Portland, OR 97232
    503-284-1726
    broadwaybooks.net

    Buffalo Books
    New owner: Deb Lefebvre
    6 Division Street East
    Buffalo, MN 55313
    763-682-3147

    Cannon Beach Book Company
    New owners: Deb Mersereau and Maureen Dooley-Sroufe
    130 North Hemlock
    Cannon Beach, OR 97110
    503-436-1301
    cannonbeachbooks.com

    Cottage Book Shop
    New owner: Sue Boucher
    Box 115
    5989 Lake Street 
    Glen Arbor, Michigan 49636
    231-334-4223
    www.cottagebooks.com

    Eight Cousins
    New owners: Sara Hines, Mary Fran Buckley, and Eileen Miskell
    189 Main Street
    Falmouth, MA 02540
    508-548-5548
    eightcousins.com

    Giovanni’s Room
    New owner: Philly AIDS Thrift
    345 South 12th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215-923-2960
    giovannisroom.com

    Green Toad Bookstore
    New owner: Jim Havener
    198 Main Street
    Oneonta, NY 13820
    607-433-8898
    greentoadbookstore.com

    Harleysville Books
    New owner: Stephanie Steinly
    Salford Square
    680 Main Street
    Harleysville, PA 19438
    215-256-9311
    harleysvillebooks.com

    Hearthside Books Etc.
    New owner: Brenda Weaver
    Nugget Mall
    8745 Glacier Highway
    Juneau, AK 99801
    907-789-2750
    hearthsidebooks.com

    Lift Bridge Books
    New owner: Jon Bonczyk
    45 Main Street
    Brockport, NY 14420
    585-637-2260
    liftbridgebooks.com

    Main Street Books
    New owner: Emily and Andrew Hall
    307 South Main Street
    Saint Charles, MO 63301
    636-949-0105
    mainstreetbooks.net

    Nicola’s Books
    New owners: Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld
    2513 Jackson Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    734-662-0600
    nicolasbooks.com

    Orinda Books
    New owners: Maria and Danny Roden
    276 Village Square
    Orinda, CA 94563
    925-254-7606
    orindabooks.com

    Owl & Turtle Bookshop
    New owner: Selena Sheaves
    33 Bay View Street
    Camden, ME 04843
    207-230-7335
    owlandturtle.com

    Paperbacks Plus
    New owner: Alex Williams
    1618 Bay Street
    Port Orchard, WA 98366
    360-876-7224
    pbkplus.com

    Parnassus Books
    New owner: Charlotte Glover
    105 Stedman Street
    Ketchikan, AK 99901
    907-225-7690
    ketchikanbooks.com

    Penguin Bookshop
    New owner: Susan Hans O’Connor
    417 ½ Beaver Street
    Sewickley, PA 15143
    412-741-3838
    penguinbookshop.com

    Stinson Beach Bookshop
    New owner: Bonnie Sullivan
    3455 Shoreline Highway
    Stinson Beach, CA 94970
    415-868-0700

    That Bookstore in Blytheville
    New owner: Chris Crawley
    316 West Main Street
    Blytheville, AR 72315
    800-844-8306
    thatbookstoreinblytheville.com

    The Bookshelf
    New owner: Annie Jones
    126 South Broad Street
    Thomasville, GA 31792
    229-228-7767
    bookshelfandgallery.com

    The Galaxy Bookshop
    New owners: Sandy Scott and Andrea Jones
    41 South Main Street
    Hardwick, VT 05843
    802-472-5533
    galaxybookshop.com

    Women & Children First
    New owners: Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck
    5233 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60640
    773-769-9299
    womenandchildrenfirst.com


    If your store opened in 2014 or you became the new owner of an existing ABA member store and we did not include you on this list, please let us know. We’ll be happy to update the list and to run an addendum in an upcoming edition of BTW.