#14 Books on the Square

Books on the SquareBooks on the Square
471 Angell St.
Providence, RI 02906
888-669-9660

 

 

 

I’m starting to realize how crucial location is to selling books.  Books on the Square in Providence, RI is a perfect example of how location matters.  This store sits across the street from a Coffee Shop, and between a drug store and a popular restaurant in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.   It takes nothing to buy a cup of coffee and some toothpaste (that I forgot to pack – I haven’t brushed my teeth in a few days now!) before visiting.

The inside of the store is great – roomy, yet inviting.  This is the only indie in town.   There’s a chain out near the interstate in Providence, but it’s too far out to be convenient to the neighborhood.                 stacks

For nineteen years, Books  on the Square has worked closely with its community.  This is so clearly key to indie bookselling.  They organize summer reading lists for schools.  They have a huge children’s selection and host a story time four times a week.  They have an annual children’s Halloween parade.  They host monthly neighborhood meetings and book clubs for adults.  They also give discounts for students and theater folks from the area.  I notice a large selection of sidelines in this store.  Book lover accoutrements.

A good thing they do at Books on the Square — Any inventory they don’t sell at full price and can’t return they sell for a dollar.  The proceeds are then donated to the nonprofit – REACH OUT AND READ.

Dogs are welcome!

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