Amazon moves into Southern California; a Wisconsin bookstore considers going co-op; Macmillan expedites holiday shipping; and more.
McNally Jackson to Open Outpost in Greenwich Village: The New York City bookstore continues to expand its satellite locations. McNally Jackson Goods For The Study signed a lease for a 1,400 sq. ft. location at 50 W. 8th Street in New York City earlier this month. The space also includes a 325 sq. ft. basement.
Martinsville, Va., Gets a Bookstore: With a startup grant for $12,715 in May to execute her plan for a bookstore to open by September 30, Deshanta Hairston more than met her goal with the opening of Books and Crannies, a new and used general interest bookstore.
Amazon Opens Pickup Site at Cal State: On Tuesday the online giant held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its first pickup location at a California State University campus. It’s also Amazon's first pickup site in Southern California. Amazon@The Beach is located inside the Cal State Long Beach Bookstore.
Babies Have a Room of Their Own at Spellbound: The Asheville bookstore celebrated the addition of a dedicated room for babies and toddlers as well as the 20th anniversary of a local literacy nonprofit, Buncombe Partnership for Children, last weekend. Owner Leslie Hawkins was encouraged to add the room because, she said, board books and other books for babies have been the store’s fastest growing sales category for the past few years.
Grand Re-opening of Let’s Play Books!: On Saturday the Emmaus, Pa., bookstore is celebrating its new expanded location. With the move the store has also broadened its inventory and gone from a children’s specialty store to one with more general interest books.
Grand Opening for SkyLib in Chattanooga Airport: The Friends of the Chattanooga Library opened a 24/7 used bookstore, which operates on the honor system, at the local airport. The store stocks a number of categories, including travel, foreign language, business, history, and children’s. A grand opening will be held on September 27.
Should A Room of One’s Own Go Co-op?: In June majority owners Sandi Torkildson and Nancy Gear put the Madison, Wis., bookstore up for sale. At a meeting Tuesday night, Torkildson and Courtney Berner, a University of Wisconsin cooperative development specialist, discussed the possibility of transitioning the store to a co-op. Torkildson said that staffers are interested in pursuing a worker-owned co-op.
Macmillan Offers Expedited Shipping for the Holidays: From October 3 through December 23, Macmillan Publishers is trying to ensure independent booksellers benefit from ship times of two days or less for invoices with a value greater than $100. The program applies to independent retailers who order on Macmillan’s retail returnable schedule and for locations that typically have shipment transit times of three days or more.