“The focus of our business, our mission, has always been community. If we thought our mission was to sell books exclusively, we would’ve lost track of things a long, long time ago. Selling books, while that is incredibly important to us, is a strategy to help us create community . . . that whole idea of a third place that’s not home and not work. It’s a semi-public space where people meet and exchange ideas and see each other.”—Chuck Robinson, co-owner of Village Books in Bellingham, from a Q-and-A, with Dee Robinson, in the Bellingham Business Journal. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for letting us know about the interview.
The Book Store as Third Place
— posted by Jamie