Books and great educational gifts for kids
Six years ago, my family was in search of a new “hometown” — there were many reasons (and it’s too long of a story to get into here!) why we ended up choosing Tryon. It can also be argued that Tryon chose us! With four bookstores in less than 2 miles — it’s simply MY type of town. It’s a book publicist’s dream.
So, you guessed it — of course — the 828 is gong to feature our amazing indie bookstores in our holiday gift guide! Up first, The Bookshelf –
NPR just reported that indie bookstores are HOT and are back in action — seemingly surviving chain stores and focusing on customer service, great recommendations and hometown appeal. Tryon’s Bookshelf is still “kicking it” at a new location on Trade Street - 2 doors down from the Trade Street Coffee shop. Not many small towns can boast that they have FOUR bookstores — having 3 or 2 or 1 — just doesn’t feel right! We’ll be featuring our other book outlets one at a time (don’t worry, Chris Amato of the Village Bookshoppe – we got you covered, too).
If you haven’t met the new staff and the new owner, now is the perfect time to do so. The staff are READERS with great knowledge and taste (try finding that at chain stores).
We all need to remember to support our local indie bookstore or it might just go the way of other stores across the country. The strong and the community supported stores survive in droves. It would be a shame for the history of that store to be forgotten. Things remain bright though at our dear hometown bookshop – with children’s reading events and author appearances. If they don’t have what you immediately need — no worries as they can order what you want.
So we all know that The Bookshelf has books! But — what some people might forget is that the store is THE place for gifts for kids in Polk County. Books for all ages and educational toys/resources for kids fill the front of the store. Signed copies from local authors – and even a few book gems signed by Neil Gaiman — await to make the perfect gift for young readers. While you are there, pick up a book (or two) for yourself. Rumor has it that eBooks from the store are soon on the way, too. Ask about it.
Happy reading (and happy local shopping!),