Fireside Books & Gifts
Tri City Mall
2270 US Hwy 74A Byp Ste 509
Forest City, NC 28043
Here’s a store, an owner, and a business model to watch! Half-way between Charlotte, NC and Asheville, NC, in a small town named Forest City, rural by big-city standards, this twenty-year-old bookstore was bought last year buy Linda Parks and her sister, Kay Hooper.
Linda is the dynamo in charge of running the business. Working closely with political leaders in the community, she has taken on not only the book business but the economic development of her town. This is way past bookselling and would be a monumental challenge for anyone. But Linda makes it look easy; she even makes it look fun!
Her investment in the community begins with moving Fireside, with city council’s blessing and support, to a renovated theater in Forest City’s rehabilitated downtown. The move will more than triple her store from its current 1,700 sq ft location to 7,000 sq feet of space.
And it goes on and on…Fireside Books and Gifts is more than the bookstore and the extensive sidelines. It’s really a community think tank that gets things done. A brand that deals in purveying literature and culture. Whether it’s sponsoring T-ball or creating book trailers through their Fireside Films division, Fireside is fast becoming a beacon for its community’s future.