Bookbug Takes Hold in Kalamazoo

    When friends Nicole Butz and Joanna Parzakonis first met, both had eight-month-old baby girls, and both, it turns out, had long wanted to open a children's bookstore. In the two years since, they drafted Parzakonis' husband, Derek Molitor, outlined a business plan, found a location, and opened up shop in February 2008.

    Creating a Legacy in Texas: New Bookstore Prepares to Open This Fall

    Teri Tanner believes the timing is right to open a 24,000-square-foot indie bookstore in Plano, Texas. The managing partner of Legacy Books, scheduled for a soft opening in the northern suburb of Dallas at the end of October, told BTW, "It's a whopper, but the timing is great. With the economy the way it is, people are really focused on local businesses. They want to spend their money someplace where it will stay in the community."

    The Spirit of Revolution Reigns at Babylon Falling

    Babylon Falling, a 600-square-foot space in San Francisco, is primarily a general bookstore, as well as a gallery space, said owner Sean Stewart. "It is a concept-driven independent bookstore with a focus on the spirit of revolution ...

    Idlewild Books: A Trip Around the World

    On Sunday, April 20, Idlewild Books will open near Union Square in New York City with an inventory of 6,000 titles, all of them arranged according to country. "I've always been a big traveler and reader so the idea of a bookstore organized by country -- with literature, guide books, books about politics and culture, and so on, all shelved together by place -- always appealed to me," said owner David Del Vecchio.

    What's Your Plan? Booksellers on Resources for Successful Business Plan Creation

    For prospective booksellers who may be daunted by the idea of creating a business plan, learning what resources are available to help is a good first step.

    New Milford Downtown Keeps Notable Independent Businesses

    During one March week in New Milford, Connecticut, two neighboring downtown independent businesses were spared closure. One is the town's only independent bookstore. The other is the landmark Bank Street Theater, an Art Deco movie house built during the silent film era.

    Valuable Lessons Learned at Booksellers School

    Although the two dozen graduates of last week's Paz & Associates workshop, "Opening a Bookstore: The Business Essentials," had a wide range of bookselling experience, or lack thereof, each found participation in the program an invaluable experience.

    School's Out for Summer: Ex-Principal to Open Seaside Bookstore

    Rita Maggio, a retired public school principal, is opening BookTowne, a general bookstore in Manasquan, New Jersey, this May. Her 900-square-foot store will occupy the space that was previously home to Landmark Books. When Maggio learned that the owner of Landmark Books was relocating, she acted quickly and secured a lease, which begins today, March 1.

    Dubuque Bookstore to Have a Second Edition

    As the six founding partners of 17-year-old River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque, Iowa, prepare to close the store and dissolve their partnership on May 31, one of those partners, Sue Davis, is preparing to open River Lights, 2nd Edition on June 1. The 2nd Edition will open in a new location, with new fixtures, inventory, POS system, and sidelines. What will remain the same, said Davis, is the same great staff, the phone number, and the square footage -- 2,000 square feet. One of her former partners will continue to work at the store as a part-time employee.

    South Florida Spellbound by New Bookstore

    Dennise Sleeper of Spellbound Books & Gifts in Homestead, Florida, described the store's soft opening on December 21 as "quiet." At the grand opening, however, which took place one month later, the 3,250-square-foot general bookstore was so packed "there was hardly room to turn around."

    Lorelei Lures Booklovers to Vicksburg

    On the Sunday following Thanksgiving, Laura and Troy Weeks opened Lorelei Books in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The two had moved to Vicksburg from Virginia and purchased an 1870s building in the historic downtown in 2005.

    An Open Book: Diary of a Soon-to-Be Independent Bookseller

    By Ann Lacefield

    October 5, 2006: What's in a Name?

    Garrison Keillor's Corner Books to Open in St. Paul

    A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor has, of course, been part of the literary world for years: he's the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me, and Homegrown Democrat, and has been a writer for the New Yorker, a writer and host of The Writer's Almanac, and an emcee of the National Book Awards.

    Third Place Books Has Broadsides Appeal

    ABFFE Online Auction Adds Items From BEA

    The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) has announced that a wealth of items donated by publishers during BookExpo America is being added to the online auction that is currently underway at "We are adding the new items to the website just as fast as we can," said Caitlin Delohery, ABFFE's auction manager.


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