New stores open in Texas and Minnesota; established stores celebrate their first 40 years in Vermont and California; and more.
New Bookstore & Print Shop in Milaca, Minn.: Bexter Book & Copy held its grand opening earlier this month. The new and used bookstore and copy shop is located in the space where owner Becky Rittenour’s brother, Jim, previously operated 3-D Printing.
Fleur Fine Books Opens in Port Neches, Tex.: The former owner of Read ‘Em Again books, Dale LaFleur, missed owning a bookstore. So he purchased a building on Magnolia Avenue where he opened a new bookstore with new, used, collectible, and antiquarian books.
Grinnell College Bookstores Merge: After the college decided to tear down the campus bookstore to make way for a new Humanities and Social Studies Complex, it decided to merge the campus bookstore with its store in downtown Grinnell, Iowa. The joint Pioneer Bookshop, which opened in early July in a new downtown location, will hold a grand opening early this semester.
Northshire Books to Celebrate First Four Decades: The Manchester Center, Vt., bookstore, a PW Bookstore of the Year, will mark its first four decades with a weekend of activities, September 9-11, including a children’s festival.
Small World Books Turns 40: On Saturday the bookstore celebrated its first 40 years on the boardwalk at Venice Beach. Owner Mary Goodfader attributes part of her success to owning her building and the Sidewalk Café next door. Venice has long been a haven for poets, and poetry is the store’s most popular section.
Montreal’s Argo Bookstore for Sale: Owner Meaghan Acosta is looking for a buyer for the 50-year-old bookstore, Montreal’s oldest English-language bookstore. “After five wonderful years of living a childhood dream,” Acosta wrote on the store’s Web site, “it is time for me to move on to different pastures.”
Let’s Play Books! Launches Fundraising Campaign: The three-year-old Emmaus, Pa., children’s bookstore is looking to raise $20,000 to help with moving expenses as it readies a new, larger space down the street.