The shop will sell predominantly new titles with a small selection of used books, and owner Michelle Smith will open the BookSmiths Shoppe in the Summit, a new development containing apartments, offices and retail that was once the headquarters of the Union Carbide chemical company.
"I felt a small, independent bookstore would fare well here," Smith told CT Insider, of her choice to open the store in the Summit. The development will contain several hundred apartments and is adjacent to other residential developments featuring town houses and apartments.
Smith started selling books from her personal collection online and eventually set up an eBay storefront. After monthly sales hit $2,000, she started looking for a bricks-and-mortar location. She's built up an inventory of around 25,000 books and had initially hoped to open in time for the holiday shopping season. Due to ongoing construction, she's hoping to open in mid-January.