City readers welcome bookstore – TBNewsWatch.com
The Entershine bookstore has opened its doors to the public.
THUNDER BAY – For many reading enthusiasts, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book and the new Entershine bookstore has it all; a multitude of titles from hundreds of authors.
David Tranter says he and his business partners Lynne Warnick, Lori Carson and Jennifer McKenzie had long been discussing the opening of the bookstore.
“With the pandemic, it was kind of that catalyst to say let’s do it,” Tranter said. “The emphasis is on buying local and supporting local businesses, so we did our homework and found that communities all over North America have local bookstores. We found this space and it was a perfect location in the Bay and Algoma neighborhood and we said, let’s do it.
Located at 196 S. Algoma Street, between the Bean Fiend Cafe and the Cheese Encounter, Entershine Book Store is surrounded by local corporate culture.
“We kind of knew what we were getting ourselves into, but you never really know what you were getting into,” Tranter said with a laugh. “It was a lot of work renovating the space, building the shelves and thinking about what kind of books we wanted on the shelves.
Tranter says that because they can’t get all of the books and get them from publishers quickly due to all the supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, things have slowed down dramatically.
“Everyone had delivery issues and it took a while, but we didn’t open until three weeks later than originally planned,” he said. “We did really well. We’ve all decided that we just need to open up – it doesn’t have to be perfect – we just need to open up and we’ll grow as we go.
The Entershine Bookstore opened on July 24 following an excellent response from local book lovers, co-owner Lori Carson said.
“We do our best to support local artists and authors in the community – in fact, we bought our sign in advance from someone in the community who did it for us,” she said. declared. “Our bookmarks are made by a local artist. We made the decision not to try to compete with our neighbors, so we try to offer items as unique and different gifts. “
Carson says that while Indigo has more variety, Entershine can easily order any book anyone wishes they had.
“In our children’s section, we have a tree there that will soon be surrounded by a bench. It will be a good place for the children to sit in the children’s section, ”she said.
Meanwhile, Tranter says things have been “fantastic”, with many visitors doing a lot of shopping.
“When we opened there were a lot more books and gifts on the shelves than there are now,” he said. “Thanks to social media, people have been incredibly supportive. They were so excited to have a (new) bookstore in Thunder Bay.
Tranter says there were other bookstores in town but they no longer exist.
Entershine Book Store is currently the only local bookstore other than The Book Shelf, which focuses on selling used books and exchanging books and other stores that carry a selection of books as part of their stock of merchandise.
“As an independent bookstore that has all kinds of different collections and genres, we’re the only ones,” he said.
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