The book store formerly known as Davis-Kidd which earlier this year escaped the closure that’s affected so many of its peer shops around the country is getting ready to celebrate.
It’s a re-introduction of sorts by the store to the community.
From a release:
The Booksellers at Laurelwood is pleased to announce that it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate our grand re-opening and our continued commitment to Memphis as your premier independent bookstore.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is scheduled to be on hand to offer a few remarks regarding The Booksellers at Laurelwood and to assist in the ribbon-cutting.
“We’re delighted Mayor Luttrell has agreed to join our celebration. Mayor Luttrell has always been a strong advocate for small businesses, which is the backbone of the economy,” said owner Neil Van Uum.
The renovation features new carpet, new fixtures, renovated bathrooms, improvements in the cafe and an expanded children’s section “which has always been a primary source for parents looking for quality as well as educational toys and games. Our customers have looked to us not only for an in-depth knowledge of books but also as a great venue for gifts” says Van Uum.
In addition to a greater focus on wines and more entrees, The Booksellers Bistro plans to collaborate more with the bookstore through live music and other author events.
Van Uum also plans to continue to invest in his booksellers and the local community. “It’s always been about the people to me. That’s what the key to the store is, it’s booksellers,” says Van Uum. The store has 15 staff members with 10 or more years of service, and 6 of those have been with the store for over 20 years.”