At last, our big announcement: we're opening a second store this fall at 1662 S. Lumpkin St. in Five Points!
Avid Bookshop has been so strongly supported by the community in its first five years on Prince that we're going to open a second location this fall! That's right: the Prince Avenue location will stay right where it is, and we'll be opening a second, larger store at 1662 S. Lumpkin St. in Five Points. (That's the Athens Five Points neighborhood, not the Atlanta Five Points--sorry, Atlanta buddies.)
The Five Points store will take strengths from the Prince Avenue location (a well-curated collection, excellent customer service, and a lot of community engagement) but make tweaks to respond to the needs and wants of the immediate neighborhood. We hope to have expanded cookbook, coffee table, and art book sections, and we will bring in some lovely gift items that are catered to book lovers and casual shoppers alike. This move will also let us expand and streamline our bustling school business: we have a full-time school engagement specialist who coordinates with nearly all the schools in the Athens area to introduce critically-acclaimed authors and illustrators to children and teachers. We will also be able to focus more on our business-to-business (B2B) sales, allowing businesses to buy particular titles in bulk as employee gifts or community-wide reads.
This business expansion is projected to bring enough sales dollars to the business that I can bump some part-timers up to full-time status and also hire some new part-timers, thereby creating more fulfilling, meaningful jobs for Athens residents.
There's a lot happening in Five Points right now: in addition to the already-busy businesses there, Avid is moving in, Donna Chang's, a new restaurant, is opening (right next door to us!), and BMA at Home is now occupying the green house that used to be the site of Homeplace Gifts & Toys.
We want to emphasize to our loyal customers that we are staying on Prince for the long haul--we love our quirky, historic building and will be as committed as ever to making sure the original store is welcoming, well-stocked, and fun for all ages.
Thank you for being with us on this journey. It's because book lovers like you choose to spend their dollars at Avid Bookshop that we're able to continue to grow and serve the community.
With more gratitude that you can imagine from your Avid booksellers,
P.S. Tyler doesn't wear glasses, but I just had to add some in to the photo above so he could be matchy-matchy with me, Rachel W., and Will. :) -Janet
WE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, 9/15 - SUNDAY, 9/18. (Paperback Fiction Book Club will still meet the night of the 18th at 6:15pm.) Sorry for the inconvenience!
Regular hours (see below) resume Monday, 9/19.
Call us any time: 706-352-2060
Visit us at 493 Prince Ave.
(across the street from Emmanuel Episcopal Church
and right near the Daily Co-op and Model Citizen Salon)
Tues. - Sat. // 10am - 8pm
Sun. & Mon. // 11am - 6pm