New shop arrives, another departs in Arts District

Never Enough Books opened last week along W. Broad St. (Photos by Mike Platania)

One downtown Broad Street storefront has new life, while another down the block is closing.

Never Enough Books opened last week at 318 W. Broad St., in the space formerly occupied by tech firm Websmith Group.

The used bookstore carries used books, including mysteries, biographies, general fiction, children’s and sci-fi, as well as work from local authors.

Owner John King

Owner John King purchased the shop’s inventory from a bookstore in Charlottesville that was closing. King formerly owned Clayton’s Cafe downtown in the basement of 909 E. Main St., near the state capitol.

The local bookstore scene has had new arrivals and at least one departure in recent months. Small Friend Records & Books opened last spring in Shockoe Bottom, while Book People reopened last summer in the West End after a change of ownership and renovations. Black Swan Books closed its Fan storefront last month as it moves to focus on ecommerce.

Meanwhile, a block west on Broad Street, retailer Master Bedrooms & More is preparing to close at 416 W. Broad St. The store opened in 2011 and sold clothing, mattresses and furniture. Attempts to reach store ownership were unsuccessful.

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Mark Szafranski

Congratulations! Great to see more unique shops popping up in the Arts District. Been running a retail shop here 28 years now. I’ll drop by and say hello sometime. Best of luck!