The Collective Bookstore, the new local bookstore owned by Verona locals Josh and Lauren Jacobs, today announced its grand opening celebration is taking place this Saturday, September 16 at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, prizes and giveaways. The store is located at 460 Bloomfield Avenue in Verona.
As a more personal answer to the impersonal big box and online book outlets, the Jacobses were inspired to serve their community with a local, general interest bookstore. The atmosphere is inviting and cozy with a focus on new releases, best sellers and children’s books. Its amazing staff is always ready to help with recommendations and will help customers find the title they’ve been meaning to read.
“We recognize the important role that town bookstores play in a community, and we always wanted to live where people appreciate books and bookstores as much as we do,” said Josh and Lauren. “Based on the amount of support and excitement from Verona and surrounding residents since our soft opening in July, we knew we made the right choice.”
“Bookstores are often referred to as a third place to hang out. You have home, work and then a need for more third places such as bookshops.”
The Collective Bookstore is a great place to relax and take a break from one’s daily routine. The store is a meeting place, a place to find some quiet time or to talk, learn and share.
The owners continued, “We know that buying books used to be a common experience for all of us. Life has changed so much over the last few decades where you can buy a book with one click. We are not trying to compete with online sellers. Our bookshop is about fun and intimacy. You can search the shelves and find other customers who also love and support independent bookshops. It is fun to discover something new and look at the beautiful covers, and the smell of paper and ink cannot be replaced.”
For more information, visit the store in person or online at tcbookstore.com.