A new book store? In 2015? It's a reality, and it's out in the neighborhoods.
It's called Pages Bookshop, and we got our wires crossed a little bit last weekend, so we missed a chance to help hype some events they had over the weekend, including a talk from an author and a celebration of National Bookstore Day on May 2.
Apparently, Pages was a pop-up bookstore at Always Brewing Detroit, the coffee shop on Grand River Avenue. It also seems that the owner, Susan Murphy, had been trying to find a brick-and-mortar space for a bookshop since 2013, but kept encountering the usual problems
. The good news is that, with the assistance of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, she found a space on Grand River, and now it's built out into a real, old-fashioned bookstore.
Like a lot of recent entries in the book selling field, it seems like a finely tuned boutique that has an emphasis on the local, as much a place for book-lovers to buy books as to gather and discuss books. And if this weekend was any clue, there should be plenty of events coming up.
See for yourself at Pages, 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-473-7342; open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, closed Sunday-Monday; see pagesbkshop.com
or Pages' Facebook page