There are a few independent bookstores in the Cincinnati area, but none that serve as a co-working and community event space with its own membership program. That is, until now.
Book Blvd was brought to life by Shelly Helser, who saw that there was a resurgence of love for local bookstores and an increased passion for people's involvement in their communities. She sought to create a space that was somewhere between a bookstore, a hosting spot, and a library, and the idea of a membership-based bookshop was born.
The membership aspect of Book Blvd is unique in that the shop isn't exclusively for members but offers a membership program. The shop is open to the public from 10 AM-5 PM on Thursday and Friday, and 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday, selling each book for $2. Their stock of books is entirely used, and varies in condition and genre. Members and guests are bound to find something that appeals to their reading interests with the wide selection.
During membership-only hours, the space serves as a quiet, clean place to work, collaborate, and "figure out what you want to be when you grow up," in the words of Helser. WiFi is provided, as well as a small kitchen where people can brew a fresh cup of coffee to reenergize during a long workday.
Members can utilize the various rooms for study time, workshops, and local events that bring literature and reading to the community. There are also events that are available to the public, such as a recent program called 'From Sesame Street to Judy Blume' available for parents of children who are learning to read, as well as wine tasting events, cookbook scavenger hunts, and more.
All of these activities and amenities are housed at Book Blvd to build people's passions and bring them to the community. Whether you need a quiet, homey place to incubate your startup business in the works, or somewhere to host your literary group discussions, the shop offers a place that celebrates the shared love of reading and learning new things.
Book Blvd doesn’t just provide opportunities for their members—they also donate 10% of the proceeds to Lockland, Reading, and Wyoming City schools to ensure their mission trickles down to future book enthusiasts.
If you're interested in becoming a member at Book Blvd, their subscriptions are priced annually at $55 for a family, $35 for singles, and $15 for students. They can be purchased online or in-person on public shop days.
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