There’s a new bookstore in town! Well, almost…
First of all, I’d like to introduce us: I’m Trish Brown, and my partner in crime is Ellen Klein. We’re opening a (mostly) children’s bookstore in Old Town Alexandria, right where the wonderful A Likely Story used to be. Ellen and I both worked at ALS, and were very sad to see it close, so we decided to take the plunge and open another children’s bookstore, which we’re calling Hooray For Books!
We’ve been working hard for months, jumping through countless hoops to get together everything we needed to open the store. We’ve met with landlords and bankers, lawyers and CPAs, graphic designers and credit card processing firms, sales reps and more lawyers, and now we’re ALMOST ready to open!
It’s been very exciting to see the books arriving in the store and now to FINALLY be putting them on the shelves. If you walk by 1555 King Street, you can see a rack of Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles in the window, as well as a bookcase of foreign language books. We’ve placed big orders with all of the major publishers and are now trying to fill in with some of the smaller, less well-known publishers. We’ve also ordered from Crocodile Creek, eeboo, Madame Alexander, Klutz, Peaceable Kingdom and a lot of other non-book suppliers for games, puzzles, plush and toys.
We’re hoping to have what’s called a “soft” opening by the weekend of June 7, and our GRAND opening is scheduled for June 21. We’ll keep you posted as we finalize our plans.
If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know! We want to know what YOU want in your local bookstore, so send us your ideas for books to order, authors to host, events to plan, and anything else you can think of to tell us!