Amazon has some competition in this thriving Bellingham bookstore, designed by Summit Construction
Bellingham, WA — Bloggers, marketers, and tech geeks have been predicting the end of traditional publishing and bookstore culture. But, that’s not the case for Fairhaven, Bellingham’s Village Books. Village Books is a community bookstore that even the Dead Poets Society would envy. And, like the Dead Poets Society, it’s seizing the day and flourishing, despite the growing eBook and online shopping trend.
Village Books’ uniquely inviting atmosphere and modern touches have created loyalty with local book lovers, who flock to the store in the heart of historic Fairhaven. Built by local developer Summit Construction, the bookstore offers three floors of reading space, a cozy café, and great deals.
In this new, charming retail space, visitors can peruse a special “Staff Picks” shelf, as well as a robust local authors section. Whatcom County is home to many talented authors, and the store offers local titles that aren’t available at mainstream online bookstores.
The store also features the Espresso Book Machine, where independent authors can self-publish as well as print other works, including elusive out-of-print editions.
Village Books has made great strides in nurturing the local community and encourages a love of books in readers of all ages. The store hosts a variety of book clubs and events, and also supports community groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Motherhood by the Book.
Stimulating the local economy, Village Books’ Readcycle program lets customers sell their used books back to the store when they’re finished reading them. Additionally, Village Books supports local bookstores beyond the Bellingham area with their 12/12/12 challenge, encouraging readers to finish 12 books this year and support their local bookstores.
Book lovers from near and far will relish their moments at Village Books. Lucky visitors will arrive to find a farmer’s market, festival, outdoor movie or other events on the adjacent Village Green.
With unique offerings, thoughtful community involvement, and a developer dedicated to the revitalization of storied local buildings, Village Books proves that community bookstores can survive and thrive in today’s high-tech world.
Summit Construction has been creating new mixed-use buildings and restoring treasured local buildings in the Bellingham area since 1993.