A Look at New Bookstores
Some say bookselling is a recession-proof business. It also requires a great deal of optimism. The past six months of pandemic have put an inordinate amount of pressure on bricks-and-mortar stores, with many forced to linger in lockdowns and suffer the loss of customers and their connection to their communities. Some have shut down permanently or turned to crowdfunding for operating capital to tide them over.
But it’s not all bad news, as numerous booksellers—veterans and newbies alike—have continued to pursue their dreams of owning their own stores and opened in the midst of this crisis. Here we highlight a sampling of these new stores, from a Sunday on-the-street popup in New York City run by book industry veterans to a Chicago store that was open for only three days before temporarily closing to customers.