Indies land in Ohio and North Carolina; Amazon unveils new pickup location in the Windy City; and more.
Perrysburg, Oh., Bookstore Up and Running: Tired of traveling to Ann Arbor to buy books, Perry and Denise Phillips decided to open a bookstore of their own. Newly opened Gathering Volumes stocks 8,000 titles in a range of subjects from fiction to nonfiction, including biography, history, and DIY, along with children’s. The Phillipses have also begun offering storytime, author events book clubs, and their first open house for teachers.
Grand Opening for Cultivator: Arts, Books, Community: This rural North Carolina bookstore/art gallery, the first to open in Murfreesboro since its founding 229 years ago, will celebrate its grand opening on Friday August 19, the same day that its Indiegogo campaign for $7,500 draws to a close. Cultivator, which is located next to town’s public library, stocks new and used books, children’s books, books by local and regional authors. It also displays artwork by local artists, and offers open mic nights, poetry slams.
First Amazon Pickup Location in Chicago: Since 2015, Amazon has opened a dozen staffed pickup locations. This fall it will add four more, including a 2,300 sq. ft. pickup location at Student Center East on the University of Illinois at Chicago, along with a previously announced one at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.