For #BookSquadGoals' Featured Bookstore of the Month of November, I'm proud to be representing my hometown of Athens, Georgia. I first discovered Avid Bookshop when I was in town for my grandmother's birthday, and my brother Adam (who you might remember from our Girl with All the Gifts podcast), my cousins, and I were on our way to Condor Chocolates in Five Points to get our Maw Maw a little bday gift. Little did we know we'd happen upon this colorful bookshop right next door. I come from a family of book people, so of course, we had to go inside and check it out.
What I discovered inside was my new favorite bookstore. My family and I scoured the aisles of books, which are displayed in a fashion that makes it perhaps a little too easy to browse and discover new titles, because, man, I left with a lot of merchandise after my first visit to the Five Points shop. In addition to an impressive selection of books, Avid stocks lots of fun gifts and goodies, such as coffee mugs, buttons, and t-shirts. Now every time I go back to Athens to see the fam, a trip to Avid at either the Five Points or Prince Avenue location is a must for me. Avid Bookshop has seriously become a part of my homecoming tradition.
Whether you're local to the area, or an online shopper, Avid Bookshop has something for you. Let me tell you more about what else Avid has to offer after the cut in 5,4,3,2,1...
I had an opportunity to speak with store owner Janet Geddis about Avid, and here's what she had to say about her vision for the store: "My hope was that Avid Bookshop would be a warm, welcoming space for all kinds of readers, a community-focused business that kept reader engagement and customer service at the center of every decision. I wanted a diverse selection of books and gifts that would reflect the neighborhood's interests, and I'm really pleased to say that my vision has come true thanks to my amazing coworkers and hugely supportive customers."
As a person who has seen Athens grow and change over several decades, I really feel as if the opening of both Avid Bookshops has been a game-changer for the literary community in Athens. If you're local to the Athens area and haven't checked out Avid Bookshop already, you need to see what Avid has to offer. Just check out their events page over at their website, which includes author signings, readings, and book club meetings, just to name a few things.
If you are not close to Avid but still want to get the Avid Bookshop experience, check out their Subscription Program. I don't currently live in Athens, so my mom gifted me with a membership to Avid's Subscription Service. Who doesn't love the idea of getting surprise books handpicked just for you in the mail? When you join, you fill out a survey detailing the types of books you're into, and bookseller/author Will Walton handles the rest. There are so many book subscription services out there, but what makes this one so cool is that each book selection is unique to the subscriber, and you know you're doing something awesome by supporting a small business. So consider being like me and joining.
Soon I'll head back to Athens to visit the fam for Thanksgiving, but this means I'll also get to stop by Prince Avenue or Five Points to visit my favorite bookshop. The Five Points location celebrates its first birthday on Saturday, November 25 (which also happens to be Small Business Saturday), so hopefully I'll get to pop in for that. And for the whole month of November, keep your eyes peeled on Social Media and our Podcast for more info about specific events going on at Avid Bookshop.
Remember, shop at your local bookstore whenever possible. If your town doesn't have a local bookshop, Avid has an online store!
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