A former corrections officer to open a bookshop in Utah; a rabbi and children's author turns bookseller in D.C.; Kansas University Jayhawks will need to find a new bookstore; and more.
Booked on 25th Opening in Ogden, Utah: Former corrections officer Mary Taylor Rizzi is planning a July 9 grand opening for her 1,000 sq. ft. new and used bookstore. The name is a pun on the store's location on Ogden’s infamous 25th Street, which was once a haven for bootleggers, brothels, and opium dens—and a nod to Rizzi's life in law enforcement.
DC-Area Rabbi and Children’s Author to Launch Bookmobile: Deborah Bodin Cohen wants to become a bookseller as well and open a mobile bookstore, The Story House in Rockville, Md. With two weeks to go for her Kickstarter campaign, Cohen is almost half-way to her $20,000 goal to share literature and create programs for underprivileged children and teens.
2nd & Charles to Replace Borders in Utica, Mich.: The small chain will take over the vacated Borders near Hall Road and M-53, and will be the 29th location for 2nd & Charles. The company's director of marketing, Melanie Smith, said it will be the first of their locations to house a coffee bar, to be called Chuck Stop.
Jayhawk Bookstore Closing: The Lawrence, Kans., bookstore, which catered to the Kansas University campus, will shutter its doors today after textbook sales losses. The Levin family purchased the store in 2013. According to spokesperson Jeff Levin, the family is closing its other businesses: Varney’s Book Store and sportswear shops in Manhattan and Salina.
Books Plus Closing: The Fernandina Beach, Flo. staple will close up shop after 27 years, according to an announcement on its website. The store is currently holding an inventory clearance sale.