61 ABA Member Stores Open in 2015; 16 Sold to New Owners

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    Updated February 23, 2016

    The American Booksellers Association welcomed 61 new indie bookstores opening for business in 2015 in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The new stores include a children’s bookstore, a cookbook shop and café, and 16 branches or satellites of existing businesses.

    In addition, 16 established ABA member stores were bought by new owners last year.

    Former The King’s English bookseller Aaron Cance, who opened The Printed Garden in Sandy, Utah, in December, said his new 2,000-square-foot store, which offers a mix of new books and gently used, out-of-print, and signed and rare titles, has come together nicely.

    “Since we opened, we’ve seen a pronounced increase in foot traffic and sales, and have been warmly welcomed by members of the surrounding communities, all of whom are delighted to find that they now have an alternative to the big box experience,” said Cance.

    The new store, located in Sandy’s Union Square shopping plaza, whose occupants are predominantly other independently owned businesses, has a grand opening celebration planned for February 20.

    Stefani Beddingfield, owner of Tampa, Florida's Inkwood Books, helped her sister Julie (right) set up Inkwood Books in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

    In May, attorneys Elena Albamonte and Chuck Faaborg opened Bittersweet Books & Coffee in a renovated 19th century opera house in Americus, Georgia’s historic downtown area. At Bittersweet, shoppers can find new and used books for all interests; browse a wide selection of vintage and new comic books; and indulge in gourmet chocolates, coffee, and desserts at the store’s café.

    Albamonte said the store has received 43 five-star reviews on its Facebook page, and she and Faaborg have already made several changes in response to customers’ requests, including the addition of two new book clubs.

    “We had our first Classics Book Club meeting in January with Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, and we’re launching the Victorian Book Club in March,” said Albamonte. “We also held a tea tasting and that has led to hosting a monthly high tea to coincide with the Victorian Book Club meeting.”

    Other private and community events Bittersweet has hosted since opening include a poetry slam, multiple book signings, a CD release party, a bridal shower, and children’s birthday parties in the children’s book section.

    In June, Julie Beddingfield, the sister of Stefani Beddingfield, who owns Inkwood Books in Tampa, Florida, opened the doors to a second Inkwood Books, this one in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The New Jersey Inkwood, located in a 1,300-square-foot retail space, offers a collection of new, general-interest books with a focus on literary fiction.

    “In the eight months since we’ve opened, we’ve started a really vibrant book club and have just added a tween book club that will meet for the first time next week,” said Julie Beddingfield. “Our author events have been well-attended and are growing every month, and we have recently added poetry nights to our lineup.”

    Inkwood Books has also worked with a number of schools in the area since opening to provide books for their author visits and book club, and next week the store will co-host its second event — a writer’s workshop — with the Haddonfield Public Library.

    Phil Lewis and Linda Foulsham became the new owners of The Bennington Bookshop in Bennington, Vermont, in March, after buying the store from Ellen and Richard Havlak, who were retiring after 35 years. Lewis and Foulsham will celebrate their first year as owners of Vermont’s oldest independent bookstore with a sale on February 27 and 28. 

    Linda Foulsham and Phil Lewis bought The Bennington Bookshop in Bennington, Vermont, last March.

    So far, the new owners have held events with many of the area’s local writers, in collaboration with the Bennington Free Library, the Bennington Area Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, and the Oldcastle Theatre. The store has also engaged with local school students by offering gift certificates for reviews of the books they are reading, and instituted a popular monthly Children’s Story Hour series.

    “It has been a steep learning curve, but we have had fun along the way. The local community has been incredibly supportive, both of the bookshop and of local authors, many of whom featured in our bestseller list for the year,” Lewis said. “The best thing about having a bookshop is the people we meet. It’s a thrill to watch people lose themselves in books. So many visitors from New York City rave about how special it is to have a neighborhood bookshop and how much they miss having one near their home.” — With reporting by Sydney Jarrard

    Here’s a look at the complete list of new stores, branches, and satellites joining the association in 2015:

    ABA Member Stores/Branches Opening in 2015*

    An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Café
    111 South Street
    Plainville, MA 02762
    (508) 699-0244

    Anderson’s Bookshop
    26 South La Grange Road
    La Grange, IL 60525
    (708) 582-6353
    (Branch location)

    Archestratus Books
    160 Huron Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11222
    (718) 349-7711

    Badger’s Bookshop
    4730 Cooper Avenue
    Lincoln, NE 68506
    (402) 314-6602

    Barefoot Cowgirl
    18 North San Francisco Street
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 440-5041

    Barrington Books Retold
    176 Hillside Road
    Garden City Center
    Cranston, RI 02920
    (401) 432-7222
    (Branch location)

    Battle Creek Books
    51 Michigan Avenue West, Suite A
    Battle Creek, MI 49017
    (269) 441-2665

    Bittersweet Books and Coffee
    111 West Forsyth Street
    Americus, GA 31709
    (703) 220-6541

    Bodacious Books and Baubles
    225 Shaker Road
    East Longmeadow, MA 01028
    (413) 726-8267

    Bonjour Mama French Bookstore
    3786 Howard Avenue
    Kensington, MD 20895
    (240) 383-9163
    (French-language store)

    The Book Store & The Handmade Marketplace
    50 Front Street
    Berea, OH 44017
    (440) 973-7272

    Books With a Past at Historic Savage Mill
    8600 Foundry Street
    Savage, MD 20763
    (443) 753-3131
    (Branch location)

    The Booksellers at Austin Landing
    3649 Rigby Road
    Dayton, OH 45342
    (937) 412-4232
    (Branch location)

    The Bookworm Box
    204 Main Street
    Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
    (903) 919-5027

    Bound & Loose Leaf
    100 Front Street
    New Richmond, OH 45157
    (513) 520-9709

    Compass Books
    San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 3
    (650) 821-2326
    (Branch location)

    Destination Discount Books
    1185 U.S. Highway 23 North
    Delaware, OH 43015
    (740) 362-7711

    Doc’s Cabinet of Curiosities
    4717 Lowell Avenue
    Lincoln, NE 68506
    (402) 488-2646

    Dog-Eared Books
    3004 Old Lebanon Road
    Campbellsville, KY 42718
    (502) 921-3080

    Fair Isle Books
    (Formerly Islandtime Books & More; new store owned by Deb Wayman)

    1885 Detroit Harbor Road
    Washington Island, WI 54246
    (920) 847-2565

    Half Price Books
    7631 North MacArthur Boulevard
    Irving, TX 75063
    (469) 420-9978

    1664 Clarkson Road
    Chesterfield, MO 63017
    (636) 536-3925

    630 North McKnight Road
    St. Louis, MO 63132
    (314) 991-6793

    NorthPointe Plaza
    100 Meadow Park Avenue
    Lewis Center, OH 43035
    (740) 548-1290

    7975 Greenback Lane, Suite C
    Citrus Heights, CA 95610
    (916) 722-1101
    (Branch locations)

    Herringbone Books
    (Formerly Paulina Springs Books’ Redmond location; new store owned by Kaci Aslamov)
    422 SW 6th Street
    Redmond, OR 97756
    (541) 526-1491

    Imaginations Bookstore
    (443) 281-0179
    (Online only)

    Inkwood Books
    31 Kings Highway East
    Haddonfield, NJ 08033
    (856) 429-1298

    Island Tales
    308 1/2 Marine Avenue
    Newport Beach, CA 92662
    (949) 873-5184

    Itinerant Literate
    Charleston, SC
    (Bookmobile and online store)

    Legends Bookstore
    1350 Sheridan Avenue
    Cody, WY 82414
    (307) 586-2320

    Liberty Bay Books
    409 Pacific Avenue
    Bremerton, WA 98337
    (Branch location)

    P.O. Box 70525
    Seattle, WA 98127
    (206) 730-2463
    (Online-only audio bookstore)

    Lit. on Fire Used Books
    929 North Sheridan Road, Suite 1A
    Peoria, IL 61606
    (309) 634-5383

    Little City Books
    100 Bloomfield Street
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    (201) 626-7323

    M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers
    130 South Main Street
    Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 603-2412

    Main Street Books
    426 Main Street
    Lafayette, IN 47901
    (765) 464-6794

    Moravian Book Shop and Gift Gallery
    Two City Center
    645 West Hamilton Street, Suite 106
    Allentown, PA 18101
    (888) 661-2888

    The Mustard Seed Bookstore
    74 Front Street
    Bath, ME 04530
    (607) 435-3474

    My Bilingual Resources
    31 47th Street
    Weehawken, NJ 07086
    (617) 642-5518
    (Online only)

    New 2U Books
    1654 South Hammen Road
    Edgerton, WI 53534
    (608) 477-0491

    Once Upon a Book
    8 City Hall Place
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901
    (518) 310-1853

    One Grand Books
    60 Main Street
    Narrowsburg, NY 12764
    (718) 812-8039

    op.cit. Taos
    (Formerly Moby Dickens Bookshop; new store owned by Noemi de Bodisco)
    124A Bent Street
    Taos, NM 87571
    (575) 751-1999
    (Branch location)

    Open Book Bookstore*
    7900 High School Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027
    (267) 627-4888

    P.J. Boox
    13550 Reflections Parkway, Suite 2-203
    Fort Myers, FL 33907
    (239) 437-3227

    Page 158 Books
    (Formerly Storyteller’s Book Store; new store owned by Suzanne and Dave Lucey)
    158 South White Street
    Wake Forest, NC 27587
    (919) 741-9156

    Pages Bookshop
    19560 Grand River Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48223
    (313) 473-7342

    Phoenix Books Rutland
    2 Center Street, Suite 1
    Rutland, VT 05701
    (802) 855-8078
    (Branch location)

    Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets
    2021 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 387-7638

    235 Carroll Street NW
    Washington, DC 20012
    (202) 726-0856

    The Printed Garden
    9445 South Union Square, Suite A
    Sandy, UT 84070
    (385) 695-2042

    Scrawl Books
    Urban Pop at Reston Station
    1904 Reston Station Boulevard
    Reston, VA 20190
    (703) 966-2111

    Shakespeare & Co.
    (Trademark now owned by Dane Neller; new store opened in same location)
    939 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10065
    (212) 772-3400

    Southampton Books
    (Formerly BookHampton’s Southampton location; new store owned by Daniel Hirsch and Gregory Harris)
    16 Hampton Road
    Southampton, NY 11968
    (631) 283-0270

    Star Line Books
    1467 Market Street, Suite 106
    Chattanooga, TN 37402
    (615) 519-7339

    Title Wave Books, Revised
    (Formerly Title Wave Books; new store owned by Leslie Gulley and Liberty Goldstein)
    2318 Wisconsin Street NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87110
    (505) 294-9495

    Turn of the Corkscrew
    110 North Park Avenue, Floor 1
    Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    (516) 764-6000

    Village Books Lynden
    430 Front Street
    Lynden, WA 98264
    (360) 671-2626
    (Branch location)

    Walls of Books
    3325 Georgia Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20010
    ​(202) 836-7374

    Welcome to the Bookstore
    1295 East Bridge Street, Suite 103
    Brighton, CO 80601
    (303) 921-6508

    New Owners of Existing Stores (16)

    The Bennington Bookshop
    New owners: Phil Lewis, Linda Foulsham
    467 Main Street
    Bennington, VT 05201
    (802) 442-5059

    The Bookman
    New owners: Dick Tanis, Sharon Tanis, Alexa McGuiness
    715 Washington Avenue
    Grand Haven, MI 49417
    (616) 846-3520

    Burry Bookstore
    New owner: Sandi Brown
    130 West Carolina Ave
    Hartsville, SC 29550
    (843) 332-2511

    E. Shaver, Bookseller
    New owner: Jessica Osborne
    326 Bull Street
    Savannah, GA 31401
    (912) 234-7257

    Elysian Fields
    New owner: Tolisa Ford
    1273 South Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34239
    (941) 361-3006

    Explore Booksellers
    New owner: Public Interest Network
    221 East Main Street
    Aspen, CO 81611
    (970) 925-5336

    Family Book Shop
    New owners: Kaaren & Kerry Johnson
    1301 North Woodland Boulevard
    DeLand, FL 32720
    (386) 736-6501

    Island Books
    New owner: Laurie Raisys
    3014 78th Avenue SE
    Mercer Island, WA 98040
    (206) 232-6920

    The Magic Tree Bookstore
    New owner: Beth Albrecht
    141 North Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Park, IL 60301
    (708) 848-0770

    Main Street Books
    New owners: Adah Fitzgerald, Marcel Barone, and Mary Barone
    126 South Main Street
    Davidson, NC 28036
    (704) 892-6841

    Merritt Books
    New owner: Kira Wizner
    57 Front Street
    Millbrook, NY 12545
    (845) 677-5857

    Mystery Lovers Bookshop
    New owners: Natalie Sacco and Trevor Thomas
    514 Allegheny River Boulevard
    Oakmont, PA 15139
    (888) 800-6078

    The Next Page Bookstore
    New owner: Deb Witte
    1105 Third Street SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    (319) 247-2665

    Our Town Books
    New owner: Andy Mitchell
    64 East Central Park Plaza
    Jacksonville, IL 62650
    (217) 245-2665

    Partners Village Store
    New owner: Lydia Sweetser Gollner
    865 Main Road
    Westport, MA 02790
    (508) 636-2572

    Redbery Books
    New owners: Maureen and Brad Palmer
    43455 Kavanaugh Road
    Cable, WI 54821
    (715) 798-5014

    If your store opened in 2015 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.