Okay, take a deep breath, because this is going to be a wild ride. Our main location in Glenwood is MOVING!
Starting this spring, you will be able to find us at 116 S. Main Street in Mount Airy. It’s about 15 minutes west of Glenwood, and we’re really excited about the opportunities it offers. As some of you may know, we have a little outpost in Mount Airy Commons. It’s allowed us to get to know the town, and when the storefront next to the Commons became available, we jumped at the chance. Our new space (which, admittedly, needs a paint job) is about 500 square feet bigger than our current location. The additional space will allow us to add back some of the features we had to give up when we remodeled (hello, comfy chairs) and gives us the potential to add additional features in the future. I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, but there may be beverages.
Our current plan is to close in Glenwood toward the end of February and reopen in Mt. Airy in mid-late March. All store credit and gift certificates WILL remain valid, no matter where you find us.
There’s also a 90% chance we’ll be changing our name and rebranding a bit. While we’ll always have used books, the new location is giving us the chance to add in other items, including more new books and gifts, and a much larger stationery section. Plus, we’ll have a gorgeous patio for you to lounge on!
We have loved being a part of this community for the last quarter century, and we don’t see why that has to stop. While we’ll technically be just over the line in Carroll County, we’re hoping our west HoCo friends will continue to visit us. We intend to stay involved in both communities, if you’ll have us! And our Savage store will stay put, so basically you can reach us within about 25 minutes, no matter where you are in Howard County. We know this is a big change, and not everyone is going to be happy about it. We’ll be releasing some FAQs in the next few days, but we’re really excited about the move.
As Bilbo Baggins would say, “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.”
Why are you moving?
There are a lot of reasons, but here are a few:
1) the new space is about 500 square feet bigger, so we can expand some sections.
2) It’s right on Main Street in Mt. Airy, which gives us a lot of extra foot traffic.
What happens to my credit?
Your credit is still good forever! It can be used in Glenwood before we move, in Mt. Airy when we reopen, or in Savage. Same goes for gift cards--they’ll be good both before and after the move.
Are you still doing used books?
Definitely! We’ll be incorporating more new and bargain books, but we’re keeping the used books. We’re going to ask you to hold off on bringing us any while we move, but we’ll pick back up again when re reopen. We may be making some changes to the store credit process (stay tuned), but it will always be good forever.
When will you reopen?
It depends a little on how long it takes to retrofit some of our bookcases, but we plan to close in Glenwood sometime in late February and open in Mt. Airy in late March or early April. We tried to think of a way to stay open the whole time, but the logistics were giving us a headache. While we’re closed, we’ll temporarily de-list our used books from our website so we can move more efficiently. New books will still be available for order from our warehouse.
Where do I park?
Okay, we have to admit, the parking situation is not what we’re used to. Mt. Airy offers street parking right on Main Street in front of the store, but we’re not going to have a parking lot anymore. There are two free lots less than a block away, so it’s just going to be a slightly different setup.
Will you still foster cats?
Unfortunately, our new setup will not allow us to foster cats on a regular basis. So that’s a bummer, but we’re working on ways to stay involved with animal rescue that don’t include fostering. We’re looking into hosting adoption events, fundraisers, and more.
Why are you taking so long to move?
There are a couple of reasons for the longish timeline. First, we want to give our friends in Glenwood enough notice, so no one feels like we’ve suddenly disappeared. That includes organizations like the post office, UPS. publishers, and anyone else who sends us stuff. Second, there’s some electrical, construction, and painting work to be done in the new space, and that’s taking some time. Plus…well, we have a lot of books, and no Floo Powder to transfer them with. We need to pack and unpack them in a methodical manner so that we don’t end up with stacks of misplaced books.
Can I help?
We’ve been really touched by all the offers of help. It’s difficult to organize volunteers right now with Covid restrictions, so at this time we’re planning for our booksellers to do most of the packing. There are a few things that would be helpful: