Two Rivers Bookstore opened earlier this year at 2172 Young Avenue in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Memphis, Tenn., the Commercial Appeal reported. Owned by Heather Cummings, the bookshop focuses on "Science Fiction--Fantasy--Weird Fiction" (to quote the sign outside its door). The store was named for a key location in Robert B. Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
"I think if you give Memphians something really cool, they will support it," Cummings said. "Basically, it's kind of like my brain in store form. It's all the things I love." She added that Two Rivers is modeled in part on San Francisco's Borderlands Books.
Sharing a building with the Java Cabana coffeehouse, the bookstore "is situated along what may be Memphis' hippest mini-stretch of shops," including 901 Comics, Goner Records and Burke's Book Store, the Commercial Appeal noted.
"It was on purpose, to be as close to the comic-book store as possible," said Cummings, whose shop is intended to complement rather than to compete with her neighbor. "I know being this close to Burke's, 901 and Goner is going to be advantageous. We have a similar customers base, and people like to come to Cooper-Young and eat and make a day of it."