Grand Opening for Parnassus Books
Congratulations to Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn., owned by Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes, which will hold its grand opening party this Saturday.
In an interview with StyleBlueprint, the ownrs were asked about the best advice they had been given for their venue. Patchett said: "Many booksellers stressed the importance of putting the children's section in the back of the store, so that when the children make a run for it, the parents will have time to catch them before they get through the door. I'm sure that sounds like a joke but it's not. I thought it was brilliant advice. One of my favorite booksellers, Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, told me that people were crazy to buy anything that was hanging from the ceiling. Unfortunately our ceilings are too high to implement that advice."
Hayes noted that she has "received so much help from so many people. Independent booksellers are a huge support to one another, and everyone that I've called has given me some little tidbit of advice that has helped move the store forward. There are several people in town who have been incredibly helpful, including Karen Davis, one of the founding owners of Davis-Kidd, and Andree LeQuire, the realtor who, among countless other things, helped Ann and me find the perfect location for our store."
Whenever customers visit Parnassus Books, Hayes said she would like them to "already be looking forward to their next visit to the store as they are walking out the door."