Stacks Book Club Planned for Tucson, Ariz.

Stacks Book Club will open next spring on the west end of Oro Valley Marketplace at 1880 E. Tangerine Road, in Tucson, Ariz. The Daily Star reported that co-owners Crispin and Elizabeth Jeffrey-Franco, whose new venture will also serve as a café offering coffee, beer and wine, hope to be up and running by the end of April.

The Jeffrey-Francos grew up on the city's northwest side, and after living in bigger cities, moved back in 2019 to be closer to family. Once there, they noticed a lack of bookstore cafés in the area.

"We saw them in other cities," Crispin Jeffrey-Franco said, mentioning Phoenix's Changing Hands store and its First Draft Book Bar. "Tucson has lots of great bookstores and lots of great cafés. For us, there is something about combining the two that makes being in that kind of space really liberating."

Stacks Book Club pop-up

Due to the Covid pandemic, they first launched their book business as a pop-up at local restaurants, in tap rooms and at farmers markets, to build the brand and get a sense of what people were reading. "We had a great time," Crispin Jeffrey-Franco said. "So many businesses have allowed us to test out this concept."

When choosing a bricks-and-mortar location, they opted for Oro Valley, where they could attract customers from nearby communities in Catalina, SaddleBrooke, Marana and northwest Tucson.

Stacks Book Club will sell primarily new titles. "Books are the things we are passionate about," he added. "Having the café to add to that experience makes it a more sustainable model for us." 

Their long-term plan is to "become a place for community in Oro Valley. They hope to sell items from local makers and artists, and a section of the store will serve as a designated meeting place for book clubs and other local groups," the Daily Star wrote. 

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