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