The Book House: July Update, Moving, and Volunteers needed!

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As you may already be aware, The Book House is being forced to move to a new location very soon, as the building owner has sold the property. Many people have been asking us WHERE we are moving and WHEN. We have still not finalized our negotiations for a lease on a new space yet, but hope to make an announcement very soon. We have been working hard to find another place in the area that has the character and feel of our current location. We want this new building to be a place we can grow and take The Book House and Second Chapter Center to the next level as a great Independent bookstore and community space with lots and lots of books, great staff, great inventory, great events, community participation and room to build for the future. We have received so much support and encouragement from everyone, it has been quite overwhelming. Thank you everyone who has helped with fundraising and outreach so far.

Here is what we can tell you: We have a space in mind that is bigger than our current location but needs a LOT of work to make occupiable. We are planning to move in stages – Phase one: Moving a lot into storage so we can concentrate on our build out. Phase two: We will be fixing up the new building to meet occupancy and code compliance so we can pass building code and operate a retail storefront by the holiday season. It will probably be pretty barebones and bohemian for a while. Phase Three: We will start working on the larger space, reinforcing walls, painting, flooring, remodeling, and fixing it up for event and book group space as well as better display, building shelves, designing, painting, flooring, etc. Its going to be a long term transition so please be patient with us. In the meantime, our Internet store operations, booksearch, and mail order will remain unchanged and available throughout any down time. You may always reach us by phone or email.

We will remain open at our current location AT LEAST through July 31st. Also we are negotiating with the building owner and Great Northern Development for more time and hope we can stay open and operating an additional two or three months (through Sept) while we are working on the transition, but this is not finalized yet and subject to change.

Here’s where you can help – We just got a big truck trailer, which is parked behind the bookstore and ready to start packing up with boxes this week! We can use lots of volunteers to help move boxes. (Must be able to lift a 40 lb box with ease) We are currently working on clearing our warehouse and books that are in storage so minimal “packing” is involved. Its basically heavy lifting at this point, but lots of hands make lighter work. If you are interested in helping please give us a call!

We are just getting started, so will probably be using packers and movers for quite a while. Let us know what you are available to do, and we can fit you in as we move forward. Once we get into our new location, we will need people with construction skills, painters, flooring, building bookshelves, etc. We will be working with licensed contractors, especially for the plumbing and electrical work, but if you or someone you know has skills to donate, please let us know. We will also be looking for lumber, lighting fixtures, and building materials.

Our first online fundraiser raised over $5000, which is great, but only a drop in the bucket of what we are going to need for our move and build out. Please stay tuned for another online fundraiser soon, and in the meantime, we will still take donations at the shop. So come visit, take pictures, buy some books, and help us with the transition to our new location.

Thank you very much for all your support so far!

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Sunday, July 7th 2:00pm – Our First Volunteer Day!

Here’s where you can help -  We just got a big truck trailer  which is parked behind the bookstore  and ready to start packing up with boxes this week!   We can use lots of volunteers to help move boxes.  (Must be able to lift a 40 lb box with ease)     We are currently working on clearing our warehouse and books that are in storage  so minimal “packing” is involved.  Its basically heavy lifting at this point, but lots of hands make lighter work.   If you are interested in helping please give us a call!   We are planning a “work day” on Sunday, July 7th  starting at 2:00 pm.  (We will be clearing out all the boxes in the basement, so wear work clothes and be prepared to get dirty).

If you are wanting to volunteer on other days, please contact Michelle or Katie with your name or email.  314-968-4491 or info@bookhousestl.com

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3 thoughts on “The Book House: July Update, Moving, and Volunteers needed!

  1. Kristin Carroll

    I will certainly try to make it over for the move. Do you know if there is a plan to demolish the house still at this point or is it going to be moved?

    • Dave

      At present, we’re honestly not sure. Discussions were taking place about the possibility of moving the house, but it’s something that’s out of our hands now.

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