Shop Local: Novel Bookstore In Laurelwood
First, it was Davis Kidd Booksellers; then, it was Booksellers at Laurelwood. As of tomorrow, August 18, 2017, one of East Memphis’ bookstores goes full-on-100-percent-bona-fide local and reopens as “Novel”.
I popped in yesterday for a sneak preview of the renovated shop, which is under new ownership and has decreased in size, but has a lot of the things you’ve come to love and expect from the Laurelwood location.
The space is well-lit, inviting, with some seating areas and tons of shelves bursting with books of all genres and all subject matters. There’s even a dedicated Memphis section with books like A Secret History of Memphis HooDoo, The Year of the Dog, and tons more.
I have adored children’s books since, well, I was a child. I spent way too much time perusing all the fun books the Novel kids’ section. They plan to reintroduce Story Time soon, too.
Sabine Bachmann, owner of ECCO on Overton Park, will be opening a restaurant in the former Bistro place this fall. The owners and staff plan to host plenty of author events and signings and be more engaged in Memphis’ literary and literacy community. There’s also a back room that will be available to rent.
I asked some of the staff what the biggest difference is between Novel and the preceding stores. They said: “It’s totally locally owned this time, and everything – from our book distributors to our staff to our bank – is all local.” Previous iterations of the shop had investors and involved companies from outside of Memphis.
The thing you have to do now is to shop local at Novel and these other local indie book shops. Novel will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 pm.
387 Perkins Extended
Memphis, Tennessee 38117