ANNE Colley loves her job operating a downtown bookstore.
“It is wonderful, no two days are the identical,” he says. “And my clients are very good.”
Anne took over the bookshop, in Industrial Road, Brighouse, after working there for over 17 years, eight as supervisor, earlier than retiring as proprietor.
“It was known as Simply Books – I at all times favored my job and determined to take it on,” he says.
He did it in September 2020, naming the shop Brighouse Books.
Anne put her stamp on the store – our T&A Store of the Week – revamped in and out.
The shop renovation occurred over the August financial institution vacation weekend. “We closed our doorways as Simply Books on Saturday twenty ninth and opened as Brighouse Books on 1st September after spending a weekend adorning with the great assist of my household.
“It appears stunning, the mixture of white and grey, and I’ve put in new stands. It appeared larger then.”
It did not shift its focus an excessive amount of, staying present with common traces like grownup fiction.
Crime novels are significantly common, together with prime authors Helen Cox along with her Kitt Hartley collection primarily set in Yorkshire, Rachel Lynch’s DI Kelly Porter crime mysteries and DI Ridpath MJ Lee’s crime thrillers.
Anne herself is a lover of crime novels. “I like JD Kirk – I am on the fifth e-book.”
Romance fiction can also be doing nicely. “Folks like a pleasant romance that is simple to learn. You already know what the shoppers are in search of, particularly after working right here for thus lengthy,” says Anne.
The shop attracts a daily crowd of shoppers each regionally and additional afield. “Folks come again repeatedly. They typically come again to purchase the subsequent e-book in a collection.’
As a reduction bookstore, it presents many books on the market. “I’ve bought £3 every or two for £5 on some grownup and kids’s fiction – that is a very good value.”
Native historical past and strolling books are additionally common, says Anne. “We’ve books written by native authors.”
Sooner or later it could manage readings by native writers.
The youngsters’s part appeals to households, with dad and mom serving to children select books. “It is nice to see households searching and kids excitedly selecting books,” says Anne.
Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry collection is successful with youthful audiences, whereas older youngsters like James Patterson, creator of the best-selling Center College collection.
“We additionally promote items equivalent to Brighouse gadgets equivalent to mugs, keys, prints and baggage.”
The purchasing avenue is the right location, says Anne. “It is the principle avenue, so it is often fairly busy.”
Kirsten helps out within the store, as do Evie and Tamzin who work on Saturdays.
Opened in 2020, affected by Covid. “In my first 12 months we have been shut down fairly a bit, however we managed to drag by. I clicked and picked up and common clients helped us.’
Anne is concerned in native occasions such because the Brighouse Nineteen Forties Weekend and the current Dino (dinosaur) Expertise. “We’ve pointers and typically we costume up. I like operating the shop; no two days are the identical.”
*Brighouse Books, 11 Industrial St, Brighouse HD6 1AF. The shop has a Fb web page.