E book enthusiasts, rejoice.
Downtown Syracuse will at last have its first independent bookstore in 30 decades.
Parthenon Guides will host its grand opening on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. It is situated specifically throughout the road from the Landmark Theatre. The house at 335-337 S. Salina St. was formerly occupied by Rainbow Youngsters, a children’s garments retailer, until eventually it shut during the pandemic.
Selena Giampa will deal with Parthenon Books. She worked in business office management the last 10 a long time. Prior to that, she labored at Borders in the previous Carousel Center (now Future United states), Publications & Melodies on James Road and the Onondaga County Community Library.
Giampa feels psyched to assistance restore power and momentum to Syracuse’s downtown corridor.
“A bookstore is the kind of place that can actually attract a community with each other, specially an unbiased bookstore,” stated Giampa. “Every other metropolis has a great principal street, right? They’ve taken their outdated properties and revitalized them… I want to deliver Key Avenue back again to Syracuse and a bookstore is a big section of that.”
Downtown’s final chain bookstore, Waldenbooks, operated at 339 S. Salina St. till it closed in 1996. Downtown’s last regional bookstore, Financial state Publications, shut in 1992.
“We’re ebook people,” reported Charlie Murphy, assistant manager of Parthenon Books, who beforehand labored at Barnes & Noble. “We usually wondered, ‘Why isn’t there a area, independent bookstore downtown?’ We’re a large town. For us to convey all our expertise collectively to make the supreme bookstore? It’s super exciting for all of us.”
The bookstore has about 10,000 items of items for sale, including titles by Central New York authors, and cards and art prints by community artists.
Parthenon teamed up with SkyTop Coffee to offer you espresso and espresso-centered drinks. They will also provide cookies from Westcott Cookie Enterprise and other baked products from Sugar Top rated Bake Shoppe in Liverpool.
“A significant element of what we do is revitalizing downtown,” claimed Acropolis Realty Team proprietor Steve Situation, who co-owns Parthenon Books with Ryan Benz. “A bookstore might or may not make any income. But at the conclude of the working day, we’re introducing worth to the developing and to the neighborhood. We’re very bullish on downtown. We believe the momentum’s gonna hold going.”
The bookstore opening came a few months later than in the beginning hoped. It was slated to open April 1, but national source chain problems and the labor scarcity set again the opening date for a several months.
“It’s a seriously hard time to establish just about anything ideal now,” Situation advised syracuse.com. “It’s been a obstacle to acquire orders on time. Anything from the bookshelves to the flooring to the tiles. There’s unquestionably some unforeseens, but I believe we did a very superior occupation of performing our way as a result of it.”
A significant mural by Syracuse artist Jacqueline Colello graces the bookstore’s entrance, inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. (Colello has painted many murals for regional firms, which includes Eva’s European Sweets, Francesca’s Cucina and Evan Michaels Salon.)
Parthenon also characteristics a smaller abstract mural in the young children part by artist Jaime Fedele.
The bookstore’s initially occasion will be a guide signing on Saturday by writer Linda Lowen (who also is a contributing author for syracuse.com) for her manual “100 Items to Do in Syracuse Just before You Die.”
Bookstore revenue in the U.S. have been making a comeback in 2021 and 2022. For the initially four months of 2022, bookstore income enhanced 19.4% in excess of the comparable period of time in 2021, for every Publishers Weekly.
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Small business reporter Rick Moriarty contributed to this report.
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