A new store is coming to South Carolina; stores in California and North Carolina are relocating; and a store in Maine is changing hands.
The Coffee Shelf to Open in Chapin, S.C.: Jerry Caldwell plans to satisfy two of his passions, coffee and reading, with the opening of a bookstore and coffee shop in the lakeside community early next month.
New Owner for Bangor’s The Briar Patch: In a story on how indie bookstores in Maine changing hands, Cathy Anderson announced her exit strategy for the children’s bookstore, toy store, and art supply store. The buyer will be Gibran Graham, 42, who has worked at the store for the past five years and sits on the Bangor City Council. Anderson is planning to help Graham’s purchase the business and inventory.
California’s BookSmart Raising Funds to Move: After 20 years in Morgan Hill, the Bay Area bookstore is looking for help to raise the $300,000 it needs to move and to create a hybrid for-profit bookstore/not-for-profit events-driven, literacy organization based on the Kepler’s Books 2020 model.
Quail Ridge Opens in Temporary Location: The Raleigh, N.C., bookstore, which lost its lease, reopened in a store front in North Hills until its permanent is ready on June 1. The new permanent space will occupy roughly the same square footage as its previous 9,000 sq. ft. store.
Toadstool Weighs Move to Downtown Keene, N.H.: Willard Williams, owner of two other Toadstool Bookshops—in Peterborough and Milford—is considering relocating his store in Colony Mill to a 10,000 sq. ft. building. If the move were to happen, Williams said that the new bookstore and café would open sometime this summer.