This is not nice information we’re about to share: the Higher West Facet location of beloved youngsters’s bookstore Books of Surprise is formally closing by the top of June, as first reported by West Facet Rag.
Bitter sweetly, we’re additionally right here to let you recognize that all the things on the retailer is at the moment provided at a 20% off low cost (you are going to have to go to in particular person to get that low cost, although). It is clearly the perfect time to fill up these youngsters’ libraries.
The choice to shut was made after the constructing that the bookstore calls residence, at 217 West 84th Road, was offered. “The constructing the place our West 84th avenue retailer has been positioned for the previous 4 years has been offered to a brand new proprietor and as a part of the sale, they’ve chosen to ship the constructing with out retail tenants,” proprietor Peter Glassman wrote in an electronic mail to his prospects.
Fortunately, the bookstore continues to be working its 42 West seventeenth Road location, which opened in November of 2020, alongside its on-line enterprise.
Much more excellent news: in his electronic mail, Glassman revealed that he’s in search of a brand new area to take over on the Higher West Facet, which he hopes to open by late summer season or fall. “We love the Higher West Facet and hope to proceed being part of the supportive and welcoming group that has been so great over the previous years,” reads his digital letter.
Though New York is residence to a stable number of bookstores (try an inventory of the easiest proper right here), we won’t assist however really feel a pang of ache each time one shutters. Here is to hoping that the brand new Books of Surprise location will quickly open and be as appreciated by the neighborhood as the unique has been since first opening again in 2017.