|Among The Stacks - Mt. Vernon, IA|
Regular readers also know that these posts may include information about store history, local support, customer base, best-selling sidelines and books, and more. With Among The Stacks I'm unable to comment on any of these items. But that's also what's so exciting. It's going to be fun to watch this store grow, evolve, and ultimately succeed. And I believe it will. Among The Stacks is located in a small college town that is already home to a small collection of nice yet diverse shops, restaurants, and watering holes. In other words, a very cool town. And in this small, vibrant college town one of the few things missing is an independent bookstore.
The store itself is located in a historic brick building on the main street of downtown. The first floor is antiques, gifts, and art and the 2nd floor is the bookstore. There are multiple rooms with different genres in each room. She has great space in this store but I honestly think she could easily outgrow it. No café but there is a room where you can have a cup of coffee and sit. Laura has done a lot of work and research to pull this off. She's 100% committed but she's also aware of the risks. I think she's picked the perfect town for her bookstore. She plans to be very engaged with the community and Cornell College which is located here. In fact tomorrow, day 2, she's already hosting an author event with Heather Gudenkauf.
This is a cool college town, like many I've been to that have independent bookstores. If you've never been to Mt. Vernon, put it on your list. If you live within driving distance you must go. And how cool is it to talk about an indie opening instead of an indie closing?! Congratulations to Laura B. and Among The Stacks. Go to an indie and buy a book. Bonsoir.
CURRENTLY READING: The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson. Odd and quirky. I like it.
RECENTLY PURCHASED: Team Of Rivals, Doris Goodwin Kearns. I've heard good things but this sucker is huge. Hope I'm up to it.
|Before (call this the sonogram!)|
|After. Find new and current fiction in this room.|
|Same space after opening. This is kind of a hall area. The rooms all open off of this area.|
|Exterior view of Among The Stacks.|
|I was here on Day 1. This is the ribbon cutting. The ribbon is made of book pages. Amy, a staffer, on the left and the owner, Laura B. on the right.|
|Laura B., the proud owner of Among The Stacks.|
|Follow this sign and proceed upstairs.|
|Congratulations to the first two customers in the store. Visit often and bring your friends!|
|Some of the sidelines.|
|Another display of sidelines.|
|This is part of the children's area which is still evolving.|
|Every room has different books. This one features some cookbooks and food books, among other things.|
|A great room to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee.|
|This use to be a bathroom. Books in the sink and on the shelves. And that chair is what I really call a throne!|
|Another one of the rooms.|
|This room has more books and is also where you'll make your purchase when you visit.|
|There are several places to sit here and try out a book.|
|Yours truly with Laura B. Congrats Laura!|