Two bookstores set to open in Pittsburgh; another store spreads its wings in Georgia; a Baltimore bookstore receives local plaudits; and more.
Nine Stories Opening in Pittsburgh: Husband-and-wife John Shortino and Allison Mosher found a location to open a permanent storefront for their pop-up book shop in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. The space shares a wall Caffe d’Amore Coffee Shop. The two shops plan to create a doorway between them by the time Nine Stories opens in a few weeks. The bookstore will carry new and used books along with Shinola journals and Out of Print shirts. A grand opening is scheduled for early October.
Pittsburgh’s East End Book Exchange to Close & Reopen with a New Name: In March Jill and Adlai Yeoman, who met while working in editorial at Hachette, purchased the used bookstore from founding owner Lesley Rains. At the end of the month they plan to close the store to freshen the space and will relaunch it with a new name, White Whale Bookstore, and focus, new books. A launch party is planned for October 14 from 6-8pm.
Avid to Open a Second Store: Avid Bookshop in Athens, Ga., announced that it is expanding by opening a second, larger store in the Five Points neighborhood of Athens. The new store will have more cookbooks, coffee table books, and art book selections. Avid also plans to expand its school business and focus on B2B sales.
Zephyr Books and Coffee Opens in Yreka, Calif.: Guy Scott, Debbie Scott, and her daughter Zapata Parra, a long-time employee of nearby MacGregor’s Gifts, Grogg & Book Emporium, held a soft opening for their new bookstore and café last week. The owners of MacGregor’s, who want to retire, encouraged Parra to open the bookstore, which is named for her son. The store carries both new and used books.
Red Emma’s Named Best Bookstore in Baltimore: The Baltimore City Paper lauded the bookstore and coffeehouse, which is run as a worker cooperative, as “a welcome relief in a world of Barnes & Noble.” They also praised the cooperative’s outspokenness in favor of the minimum wage.