119 S. Main Street
Downtown Salisbury, NC 28144
Salisbury, North Carolina was the intersection of a few trading paths many years ago. Daniel Boone set off from here to do a bit of exploring and his parents are buried nearby. There’s also a college here, but there aren’t any other independent bookstores, so Literay Bookpost serves several communities in the Piedmont area beyond Salisbury, including Greensboro and Winston Salem.
A husband and wife team, Deal Safrit and Sheila Brownlow are a pair of book lovers who opened this store eleven years ago. The Bookpost is strong on fiction, and it’s their biggest seller. However, reflecting Deal’s own interests, Literary Bookpost is heavy on international titles and poetry.
And sales are up over last year’s and the Bookpost is growing. They’re renovating and moving into a larger space that will more than double the size of the store to 4,600 square feet. Salisbury it turns out, while small, is an artsy town — with a symphony and many good theaters. It’s known as the Paris of the Piedmont. So, Deal’s curating is much appreciated and it shows. In the time I was there, customers came and went and both he and his wife seemed to know them all.
This place really is special in that it focuses on books and events. They’ve even retired a chair for a long-time customer/supporter who passed away. It’s mounted above their heads behind the register. A testimony of thanks to this reader who never missed an event. An example of what the community means to them and what they mean to the community. Another must see.