Read Shop has opened in Suite 125 of Vinings Jubilee in the Vinings area just outside Atlanta, Ga. The Journal Constitution reported that the new bookstore, which is the concept of entrepreneur Dan Collier, "specializes in the New York Times' bestseller book list and carries fiction, nonfiction, home and garden books, classics and children's literature, as well as regional and Southeast-driven publications. Shelves are also lined with periodicals and greeting cards."
"We're very excited to set up shop in Vinings Jubilee," said Collier. "Read Shop isn't your typical neighborhood bookstore and we look forward to growing with and getting to know the Vinings community."
Noting that his business background is in wholesale, Collier said that "on the wholesale side we sell a lot of books. I have been a wholesaler selling books to retailers in bookstores for the last 20 years... out of the Atlanta Gift Mart. I have represented lines such as Rizzoli, Universe, Abrams, Hachette and that sort of stuff. We have a good working history of books and I personally have a great love for books. I knew that it was something that I wanted to do."
He described Read Shop as "very pared down.... Everything is paper. There's no candy, there's no writing instruments, there's no toys, there's no gifts, and no distractions. It's just books, magazines and greeting cards. Straight to the chase!"