Vintage Bookstore & Wine Bar Coming to Austin, Tex.

Vintage Bookstore's future home.

Vintage Bookstore & Wine Bar will open this September at 1101 East 11th St. in Austin, Tex. EATER Austin reported that the bookstore/wine bar is located in the historic Haehnel Building, "which had been a grocery store in the 1800s, Shorty's Bar from the 1960s to the 1980s, and a wine shop at some point." Office tenants are currently being sought for three of the unused spaces in the building.

Owner Jean Elizabeth Buckner was working for a tech company when she decided to embark on her bookstore path. Developing a plan with her husband, she quit her job last fall to start working at Bell Springs Winery in Dripping Springs while simultaneously taking online bookselling courses, with a goal to open a books-and-wine business.

"I look forward to being behind the bar and talking to our customers about this season's newest releases and my recommended book and wine pairings. I hope to build a place of inclusion and connection, a place that brings people together," said Buckner, referring to Vintage as "Austin's living room." She also noted that "books and wine have gone together since the dance of time.... I realized I would love to have a chill environment to read with a glass of wine in hand that wasn't my own home. And if I could browse while drinking wine? Even better." 

The book selection focuses on new titles spanning a variety of genres, including her personal favorites: fiction, especially fantasy and contemporary romance. The shop will also host a free book exchange stand on the patio. The bar-service space at Vintage Books & Wine will include bookshelves, as well as lounge seating with tufted armchairs and velvet sofas. There will be two patios and a small stage for hosting events. In anticipation of the physical store, Buckner had been selling books at local farmers markets as well as online at Bookshop.org. 

Despite the name, Vintage Books & Wine will not be selling used books. For Buckner, there is a grander meaning behind the word: "Items described as 'vintage' are perceived as unique and personal with the understanding that they've seen a lot of life. We believe our store is exactly that. We offer a welcoming space rooted in the community that is as unique as our wonderful neighbors. And our decor and aesthetic reflect that as well."

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