Hey, local readers: Books & Boos is looking to expand their presence--and you can help.
Located in Colchester, the store is owned and operated by bibliophiles Jason and Stacey Harris and carries approximately 8,000 used books of all genres, new fiction by local (New England) authors, novelty items, and artwork.
Due to limited spacing, the owners have an additional stock of 8,000 books that they are currently storing at their home. The Harrises are hoping to move to a bigger location with more visibility within the community so that they can bring more books to more readers.
Just such a location is currently available in the center of town—one that offers three times the space, on-site storage, and insulation (which is lacking at the current site, resulting in exorbitant heating bills during the winter season). However, the cost ($25,000/year) is prohibitive.
Consequently, Books & Boos has initiated a fundraising effort through indiegogo.com in which supporters can donate funds to assist with expansion. Those who contribute are eligible for the following perks:
- Donate $25 and receive a coupon for a free romance novel at the store
- Donate $100 and receive a coupon for 10% off all used books in the store
- Donate $1000 or more and receive a copy of Bite Club by Hal Bodner
If Books & Boos doesn’t meet its goal before the end of the campaign (October 13th), all funds pledged will be used toward improving the store’s current location. In addition to insulation, donations may be utilized for increased advertising to expand exposure.
The owners understand that the economy may preclude some individuals from contributing financially but hope that people will still consider helping to spread the word via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well as through personal websites and blogs.
Remember: Bookstores not only provide opportunities for education but also offer a safe gathering place within the community for readers of all ages.
Books and Books hosts a variety of author events, keeps an Amazon storefront for overstock, and maintains a presence at regional community gatherings. Those seeking specific titles are encouraged to contact the owners by phone (860-861-6214) or email (Stacey@booksandbooks.com or Jason@booksandboos.com), as some of the store’s stock is in storage due to limited space.
Books and Boos currently shares property with the Westchester Family Practice, with the business’ driveway located off of Loomis Rd. Patrons can follow the store on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.
Location: 514 Westchester Road, Colchester, CT. (Driveway is on Loomis Road.)
Web site: www.booksandboos.com