Avid Bookshop in Athens, Ga., Damaged by Flood
Avid Bookshop's Five Points store in Athens, Ga., suffered considerable damage Friday when parts of the store were flooded. Owner Janet Geddis opened the location in 2016; the original Avid, which is on Prince Ave. in Athens, opened in 2011.
On Facebook, Avid posted: "Huge flood at our Five Points shop today. We're closed at least today, if not longer. Here's how you can help, if you're so moved. Buy a book at Avid on Prince and/or at avidbookshop.com, won't you? It's going to take awhile to deal with insurance and ongoing damage. We're not sure how extensive the issues will be. The kids' section was half-decimated and the basement is leaking as well. All humans are safe. Books, puppets, walls, ceiling, handmade wood fixtures, etc.? Not so much." Avid also posted a video of the damage on Instagram.
An update later that evening said the bookshop "would be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Stay tuned to social media for news on when we'll reopen--we're hoping for Tuesday."
Because independent booksellers are a supportive community, several indies alerted their followers to Avid's situation and recommended helping out with online orders, including:
Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, Ga.: "Oh No! Our Athens friends @avidbookshop have had an enormous flood damage the store and books! Our hearts go out to them. Please, if you were planning on shopping online for books this weekend, consider using their website. They are a fantastic store and one of our favorite fellow indies."
Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn.: "Oh noooo--it’s raining indoors at @AvidBookshop, where a major plumbing leak caused a flood today. Do our pals a favor and buy a book from them online. It’ll help with repair costs. Hang in there, Avid."
A Cappella Books, Atlanta: "Our friends at Avid Bookshop in Athens are working to recover from yesterday's massive flood at their Five Points location. If you'd like to support their efforts, stop by their Prince Street location or buy a book online at avidbookshop.com. Alternatively, if you're in Atlanta and visit A Cappella Books this week/weekend, mention to our booksellers that you'd like to help them get back on their feet, and we'll make sure a percentage of your purchase goes into our Avid donation fund."