Battery Park Book Exchange, Asheville, NC, recently moved into “a labyrinthine place, straight out of an Omar Khayyam fantasy,” as Mountain Express described it. “The floors are covered in oriental carpets, the walls drenched in rich, warm colors. Mazes of tall bookshelves, filled with volumes on every subject, frame tiny lamp-lit coves, perfect for hiding away with a glass of wine and a rare find.”
Besides the 60,000 used books, there’s a wine bar and coffee bar–awaiting an espresso machine. The store is owned by Thomas Wright. Manager Emily Krainik said that the oddly configured space is “very conducive to a bookstore, but not conducive to a lot of other things.”
Read globally, but buy from your local, indie SIBA-member bookstore and keep more revenue in your community.