News Roundup: News and Notes from Christian bookshops here, there and everywhere

As the title says, a roundup of recent news and notes. Despite what some may think, this trade of ours is alive and kicking. Here’s the proof:

A NEW CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP and café has opened in Comber, Co. Down: Revive Bookshop and Coffee House. From a review at yelp:

I was never expecting to find this little gem when I was wandering down one of Comber’s more drab streets, but I did. As soon as I spotted the sign for a bookshop, I simply had to drop in and see what I could find. Interestingly, the second unexpected matter of the day came to the fore, and I got a pleasant surprise when I learnt that this place is actually a Christian bookshop. I know that this may put some people off, but it really shouldn’t, and here’s why:

THE HUB, WALSALL, now has a facebook page as well as a group: head on over and give ’em some facebook lurrrve… (translation: hit the page ‘like’ button; go on, you know you want to).

OASIS, KETTERING, have joined the online revolution and launched a website: — get over there and grab a bargain whilst the launch celebration party is still running…

TWO BRANCHES OF CLC are on the move: the Coventry branch has relocated to 1 City Arcade, Coventry  CV1 3HX; and Dundee is moving (or has moved: it’s happening this week) into the former Wesley Owen premises, 112 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4EH. Email addresses and phone numbers for both branches remain unchanged.

FOOTPRINTS, MIDDLESBROUGH has been acquired by Open Door Trading, who took over No Frontiers from Kingsway earlier in the year. The shop is being renamed Open Door Bookshop and opens its doors at 9am on October 9th 2010. I’ve invited Open Door Trading director Paul Mogford to tell us all about it: look out for that story tomorrow.

LST BOOKS & RESOURCES bids farewell to yours truly tomorrow, Thursday 16th February [oops!! Thanks Katharine!] September 2010. Some personal reflections over on my personal blog: The Final Week and The Hardest Part. My soon-to-be-erstwhile assistant, Nick Aston, assumes the mantle: please pray for him as he attempts to do both my job and his own in less than half our combined hours. It’s a turbulent time at LST at present as the entire institution seeks to reorientate itself in the current economic climate: the bookshop’s troubles are but one small part of a much bigger picture.

UKCBD entries for all of these should be added or updated this week, time permitting. You’d think leaving LST would leave me with lots of time on my hands but it just ain’t so…

GOT NEWS? If you’ve got news you’d like to share about your shop or staff, please leave a comment or contact me direct to be included in the next roundup.

5 thoughts on “News Roundup: News and Notes from Christian bookshops here, there and everywhere

  1. And over at Holy Trinity Church, Ayr, they have used the Church Hall as a Fair Trade Centre and Bookshop following the closure of the local Wesley Owen Bookshop.

  2. Thanks for the updates on the Christian retail world, v interesting reading. BTW I take it that you leave LST tomorrow 16th September and not on 16th Feb as I think it says above!!!!!! Good Luck Phil and many thoughts and prayers for your new journey.

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