The Book Cellar opened last week in Lake Worth, Fla., and hosted a packed opening party Friday night. The 2,300-square-foot bookstore sells new books for all ages and across all genres, while sideline offerings include cards, journals and other paper goods. Co-owner Arvin Ramgoolam noted that because Lake Worth is a beach town and Palm Beach, which neighbors Lake Worth to the north, is "the home of James Patterson," the store also features a strong selection of mysteries and crime books.
Ramgoolam owns the Book Cellar with his wife, Danica Ramgoolam, and his sister-in-law Tamara Ayraud, who is the manager. The Ramgoolams also own and operate indie bookstore Townie Books in Crested Butte, Colo., which they opened in 2011. They said they "hope to replicate some of that small-town charm in the Palm Beach area" with their new store and wanted to bring "something fun and cool to the neighborhood that would not only benefit the existing retail" but also "provide good jobs and an amenity to the town itself."
The store is located in a newly renovated space in downtown Lake Worth, on the corner of Lake Avenue and South J Street. The party on Friday night featured music and food, with the staff on hand to meet and greet Lake Worth residents and shoppers. The owners have plans for events with local authors and expect to add a wine bar in the near future.