Let's Play Books! in Emmaus, Pa., Moving, Expanding
|Let's Play's current location|
In September, Let's Play Books!, the children's bookstore in Emmaus, Pa., that opened three years ago, is moving two blocks into space that is three times the size of its current location. The move will allow Let's Play Books! to increase its inventory of books, stationery, gifts and toys.
The new store has three levels. The first floor will include general-interest adult section, stationery and gifts, and a large room dedicated to children. The second floor will have middle grade and Young Adult books, as well as a dedicated activity space. The new store also will have a true receiving area, staff break room and private administrative office. Since the store's founding, the Hess family home has served as the main location for storage.
"In order to take the business to a sustainable level, we need room to expand and increase our productivity," said owner Kirsten Hess. "We love the current shop, but we have to do the same work two or three times just to function. We need space off the floor for operations and events, but right now we have exactly one room!"
The store will launch a fundraising campaign to help with the expansion costs--for furniture, display racks, rugs, as well as computer and software needs and increased inventory. Details will be available on the Let's Play Books! website August 20. The new store will host a grand re-launch celebration September 22-25.