Business Intel: Bookstore to Open in Blacksburg | Shop

Business Intel: Bookstore to Open in Blacksburg |  Shop

Blacksburg Books is expected to open in July on South Main Street. The store will offer new and used books.

“That sort of gave me the push that I need to see that there really is a desire from the community,” she said.

Laurie Kelly has wanted to open a bookstore for years. When a friend pointed her to a discussion in a popular Blacksburg Facebook group in which members said they’d like to see a bookstore come to town, Kelly decided it might finally be time to do so. The business will be called Blacksburg Books, which reflects Kelly’s goal of being community-oriented. Kelly said she felt strongly about opening the store in Blacksburg, where she lives and works.

A new bookstore is expected to open in Blacksburg this summer. Owner Laurie Kelly said Blacksburg Books will be a community-oriented store. She wants to partner with other local businesses to offer some prepackaged snacks and beverages and also hold readings and signings.

The bookstore is going into the former Alligator Alley space on South Main Street. Kelly said she wanted to be as close to downtown as possible for foot traffic and high visibility. Kelly, an attorney, said she has always loved books and studied literature in college. She is excited to bring to fellow readers the used bookstore that she has long felt the town needed.

Source Blacksburg Books will offer both new and used books. Kelly said she expects to offer some kind of trade-in program. Since putting the word out that she was collecting inventory for the store, Kelly said people have come out of the woodwork to contribute used books.

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