Kathy from BermudaOnion shares this introduction to Hub City Books in Spartanburg – it’s love at first sight for me! The building, the neighborhood, the philanthropy and involvement with readers and writers … oh, yes, and the coffee roasters next door! I’ve started following HubCityBookshop on twitter, “friended” them on Facebook, and suggest you might want to do the same. While you’re there, follow BermudaOnion’s tweets, if you’re not already doing so – she’s got her finger on the pulse of all kinds of bookish happenings.
Upstate South Carolina’s newest indie bookstore is in downtown Spartanburg. This is an area that is in the middle of a re-vitalization, so Hub City Books is a welcome addition. Located at 186 West Main Street, in an old Masonic Temple, the bookstore is in a part of downtown Spartanburg that has been dubbed “the grain district,” since it contains a micro-brewery and will welcome a bakery/coffee shop (right next door to the bookstore) in the next few months.
One of the best, and most unique things, about Hub City Books is that it’s a non-profit bookstore. It’s operated by the Hub City Writer’s Project which sponsors writing workshops, writers in residence and college scholarships for aspiring authors, among other things. It’s one stop shopping – you can buy great books and support a wonderful cause all at the same time.
Most of the books in the bookstore are new, but there is a small section of value priced used books in the back. The store features staff picks and picks from some community leaders as well. They invite customers to write reviews for their blog – you receive a $1 discount for each review (up to 3 per month) they choose to publish.
Hub City books just opened their doors for the first time on June 30th, and already sales have exceeded their expectations! They have plans to host authors and other fun events and will eventually sell books online. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check them out.