West End bookstore begins next chapter

The West End bookshop’s newest renovations included removing its old carpet and resurfacing its original hardwood floors. (Mike Platania)

One of the city’s oldest bookshops has a new look and new owner.

Book People reopened last week at 536 Granite Ave. after being closed for renovations since the winter.

The shop, which has been in business for nearly 40 years, launched a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign in December to help pay for renovations. It fell short of that goal, but private donations pushed it over the hump so work could begin.

The shop put in new windows and shelving, and had its hardwood floors resurfaced.

Book People’s new owner David Shuman (Mike Platania)

Owner David Shuman, who served as store manager before purchasing the business from longtime proprietor Ruth Erb this year, said the shop’s facade is going to be repainted and get new signage.

Shuman said Book People also has added an online store, and bulked up its science fiction and foreign language sections. Following the renovation, Book People’s front space is more open and Shuman said they’re planning to host more events and author readings.

Erb is still a presence in the shop. “She still comes in and works sometimes,” Shuman said.

The West End bookshop’s newest renovations included removing its old carpet and resurfacing its original hardwood floors. (Mike Platania)

One of the city’s oldest bookshops has a new look and new owner.

Book People reopened last week at 536 Granite Ave. after being closed for renovations since the winter.

The shop, which has been in business for nearly 40 years, launched a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign in December to help pay for renovations. It fell short of that goal, but private donations pushed it over the hump so work could begin.

The shop put in new windows and shelving, and had its hardwood floors resurfaced.

Book People’s new owner David Shuman (Mike Platania)

Owner David Shuman, who served as store manager before purchasing the business from longtime proprietor Ruth Erb this year, said the shop’s facade is going to be repainted and get new signage.

Shuman said Book People also has added an online store, and bulked up its science fiction and foreign language sections. Following the renovation, Book People’s front space is more open and Shuman said they’re planning to host more events and author readings.

Erb is still a presence in the shop. “She still comes in and works sometimes,” Shuman said.

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