Hello Astorians, friends, and readers everywhere!
After many months of searching, the Astoria Bookshop is thrilled to announce that we finally have the perfect location for our store! We have signed a lease and, while there’s much to do before we can open our doors, we expect to have our Grand Opening sometime in mid-August. We are bursting with excitement to be moving forward at last.
Later this summer, the Astoria Bookshop will be opening its doors at 31-29 31st Street, a half block from the Broadway N/Q stop and right next door to our friends at Petals & Roots. We’ll keep you updated on our progress by periodically posting photos on our website as we knock down walls, paint others, install bookshelves, and unpack box after box of books.
While you’re keeping an eye on astoriabookshop.com for updates, you may notice some other exciting changes. For one, we will be launching e-commerce soon! You’ll be able to purchase print as well as ebooks directly from our website. We are a general bookstore, and the books you choose will help us decide how to stock our shelves with the things you really want to read.
As the Astoria Bookshop gets closer to opening, we’ll start posting events to the calendar on our website. Our goal is to host events for every kind of reader out there — book clubs, writers’ groups, author signings, children’s story hours, tastings of sample recipes from cookbooks, even table readings. To us, events are one of the most important aspects of our business — we’re designing the Astoria Bookshop to be a space for the community to gather and interact.
So, while you wait for our doors to open, we’ll be hard at work putting our store together. We want the Astoria Bookshop to look and feel like Astoria — eclectic, engaging, and full of characters. Keep an eye on our website, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, sign up for our newsletter, and you’ll be among the first to know all the goings on at your new neighborhood bookstore.
Connie & Lexi