Bookstores Pop Up and Close Down

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announced several bookstore deals, including a pop-up store in Bremerton and the possible closure of the Eastside’s last independent bookseller.

Pop-Up Store Appears in Bremerton
Liberty Bay Books of Poulsbo, Washington, is testing the waters in nearby Bremerton, a town of 40,000 with no regular bookstore! Owner Suzanne Droppert has opened a pop-up store for the holidays and will  expanding to a permanent store there if the  venture goes well.

Village Books Dreams Up A Second Location
Bellingham’s Village Books & Paper Dreams opens its second location, in Lynden, Washington, on November 20. According to their website, Village Books & Paper Dreams will operate in about 3000 square feet of the renovated Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street. The store will offer a combination of books, gifts, and cards.  “We’re thrilled to be opening in Lynden,” said co-owner Chuck Robinson. Village Books, founded by Chuck and Dee Robinson, will celebrate its 35th anniversary in June.  The Robinsons opened Paper Dreams in the fall of 1982 in an adjacent location on Eleventh Street in Bellingham’s Fairhaven Historic District.  In recent years the two stores have been opened into one another, and have become more integrated in merchandising, management, and personnel.

Parkplace Displaced And Seeks New Partner
Parkplace Books in Kirkland, Washington, must move or close. After 29 years in the Parkplace Center mall, they are losing their space to mall renovations. Parkplace co-owner Rebecca Willow will take the opportunity to retire but reports that her business partner Mary Harris would love to find a new partner or owner to help continue the business. In anticipation of either closure or relocation, the store is looking to downsize inventory and fixtures, including 4′ wide double-sided floor gondolas on wheels. Contact Parkplace, 425-828-6546, if interested in partnership or store items.