Living in a city without an independent bookstore (Roanoke’s last store closed in early January and I never really felt very comfortable there), I often must appreciate them from afar. I admit to a twinge of jealousy whenever I read about book events and shopping sprees. I long to be able to participate in #IndieThursday more often. To have “my own” bookstore would be a wonderful thing. Fortunately, many indie bookstores have taken me in while I’m in town, giving me a small taste of the life.
There is one store that has become both (relatively) near to me and dear to my heart over the last two years: Fountain Bookstore. I first found out about them when Kelly, the owner of Fountain Bookstore, partnered with Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog. My first interaction with them took place via Twitter. A coworker of mine lost her son unexpectedly. He left behind two daughters the same age as my own girls. I wanted to find the perfect book for them. Kelly and her staff not only found the book I was looking for (City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems), but at my request they even gave me a touch of the hand sold experience. I loved it.
Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the bookstore in person several times. It’s located on gorgeous East Cary Street. It’s location and its history give the bookstore a charming, romantic feel. If I’m in Richmond, stopping by is a must. I love browsing the Staff Picks section, Rebecca’s recommendations, and the assortment of autographed copies. It is well worth the 6 hour round trip drive to attend their author events. I could spend so much money there. I secretly believe that is the true reason why my husband would never consider moving to Richmond.
- Without Fountain Bookstore, Simon Van Booy never would have kissed me on the cheek (Yes, I do mention that every chance I get, thank you very much. Maybe I even create those opportunities…).
- Without Fountain Bookstore, Sarah McCoy never would have hugged the life out of me. Really, if you get a chance to see Sarah in person, you must.
- Without Fountain Bookstore, I wouldn’t have a copy of The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose along with a perfume sample to offer to you today.
You see, the other great thing about indie bookstores is their warm customer service. In March, author Eleanor Brown was in Richmond promoting the paperback edition of The Weird Sisters. I’ve not had great luck meeting Eleanor in person, so I pre-ordered a signed copy from Fountain. When my package arrived, I found M. J. Rose’s book instead. I contacted the bookstore to arrange an exchange and they graciously told me to keep The Book of Lost Fragrances and promptly mailed out my copy of The Weird Sisters. Having already read and loved M. J. Rose’s latest, I immediately thought about taking this an opportunity to share with you what makes indie bookstores, and Fountain Bookstore in particular, so very special. I am proud to be their customer.
On this #IndieThursday, leave a comment for your chance to win The Book of Lost Fragrances and its cute little perfume sample. In your comment, I ask that you tell me what you love about independent bookstores. I’ll tweet your reasons throughout the day. If you have the great good fortune of knowing Fountain Bookstore, I’d really love to hear what you love about it.