Opening a new bookshop is a fraught proposition at the best of times, but opening a bookshop during a global pandemic takes passion, community pride, and a whole lot of bravery.
This weekend, River Bookshop in Amherstburg celebrated its grand opening weekend. How could a porcupette resist? Naturally I had to go!
It’s a bit of a jaunt out to the shop from my house, but the day was fine and I was further tempted by the prospect of ice cream at the nearby riverside parlour. So my friend and I climbed into the car and made for the county.
Though I timed my pictures to avoid catching too many patrons unawares, the shop appeared to be doing a brisk business, with a steady stream of people filing in to browse the shop and purchase a book or two. The staff were friendly and clearly passionate about their work, making pleasant bookish chitchat even when they were trying to navigate the new payment system. Grace under pressure is what I’d call that!
All in all, River Bookshop is a lovely addition to the quaint town of Amherstburg, and I have no doubt it will grow into its role as a place to gather for book lovers in the community. Best of luck to the brand new indie!
I hope you enjoyed these photos of this beautiful new Essex County Bookshop. We encourage you all to explore new and established indies in your neighbourhood. Shop local and shop indie!