Lisa and David Uhrik are opening a new independent bookstore and café named Plenty on Spring in Cookeville, Tenn. The Uhriks also own Franklin Fixtures, a company that has supplied bookshelves and retail displays for some 30,000 bookstore projects in the U.S. over the past 50 years. Ashley Michael is serving as co-manager of the store, which will offer books, locally made sidelines and gift items, as well as run a full-scale events program. The store’s online bookstore is already open.
Plenty on Spring is part of a larger vision the Uhrik’s have to develop more book-related retail in Cookeville, which is about 100 miles east of Nashville. The larger project is called Plenty on Poplar, and includes plans for a destination bookstore in the form of a barn, which will be built adjacent to City Lake in Cookeville. The new venue will offer space or larger-scale events, such as concerts and farm-to-table dining.
“We love the collaborative spirit in this region, and getting to add to the exciting things that are happening in downtown Cookeville sooner than we’d hoped is especially nice,” said the owners in a press release. “We are inviting a strong and large team to contribute made here items, music, theater, author and children’s events. We know our customers will be expecting us to live what we teach, and we will try our best to be a great example of all we’ve learned from their successes.”