Grand Opening, 7/01/2017: Zenith Bookstore (Duluth, MN)

Mural by Tom Napoli, Photo by Charlie Smith of Arrowhead Shores Photography
Following one of the greatest dreams a couple can have are Bob and Angel Dobrow, opening Zenith Bookstore in West Duluth, Minnesota, this Saturday, July 1st, at 10:00 A.M. If a storefront is any indication of the atmosphere behind its doors, Zenith Bookstore promises to curb any bookworm’s curiosity. I mean, just look at that storefront.

Photo by Jordan Bissell of Duluth Reader
Zenith Bookstore is settling into a late 1800s space complete with hardwood floors and brick walls. The Dobrows are newly retired, and found the spot while checking out Beaner’s Central, a restaurant/cafe/music venue/recording studio that is across the alley and one door down from what is going to be Zenith Bookstore. Hello, new favorite block in the world.

Zenith Bookstore will carry new and used books, and will trade gently-used books for store credit. Also gracing shelves will be some adorable Zenith mugs, and an impressive collection of out-of-print Peter Pauper Press books.

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Zenith Bookstore has already seen some local love in the months leading up to their opening. Family and friends of the owners helped with renovation of the space. Zenith hosted an InstaMeet in late June and opened its doors to photographers of all walks of life for snaps and refreshments. Local artist Samantha Nielsen has a new addition to her portfolio, and I personally have found so many articles by local news sources written in anticipation of opening day!

Throughout the month of July, Zenith Bookstore will be offering 10% off of used titles. Be sure to stop in at the first author event with Twin Cities author Ashley Shelby on July 6, and join Zenith’s mailing list on their website to keep up with what comes next!

Zenith Bookstore is located at 318 N. Central Avenue in Duluth, MN. Get directions here!

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*All info gathered on 6/30/17 from Zenith’s website and social media pages, and from these articles by Shelf Awareness, Perfect Duluth Day, The Loft, and Duluth Reader.

Grand Opening, 7/01/2017: Interabang Books (Dallas, TX)

Interabang Store Sign
The “sign of success,” from Interabang Books’ Facebook post on 6/22/17, 3pm.

Being a Texas girl, myself, it’s only fitting that my first “Grand Opening” holler be about a new Texas bookstore. With that being said, I’m happy to roll out Interabang Books of Dallas, Texas, as my first announcement! Interabang Books is a full-service bookstore hosting its “soft” opening this Saturday, July 1, at 10:00 A.M.


Interabang Books cleverly takes its name and logo from an obscure punctuation mark called the interrobang, which incorporates both a question mark and an exclamation point into one symbol. Why is this amazing symbol outdated‽ Isn’t it great that Interabang Books has brought it back to life‽‽

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Interabang Books is owned and will be managed by some truly bookish people. General Manager Jeremy Ellis has previously strolled the floors of independent Texas bookstores in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, with a variety of roles in management and marketing. Nancy Perot and Lori Feathers each also bring with them a fun string of service and experience. Ellis, Perot, and Feathers have already made Interabang’s presence known in the Dallas area by participating in the Dallas Book Festival this past April, and by partnering with authors Paula Poundstone and Edward McPherson at local events. Read more about Ellis, Perot, and Feathers here, and then try to tell me that they’ll not be the greatest trifecta of bookstore management.

Interabang has several more events already on their calendar! They’ll be hosting a children’s story time every Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. starting on July 12th. In addition, Lori Feathers will be hosting the store’s first book club meeting on August 2nd.

If you’re in the Dallas area, be sure to poke your head in at one of these upcoming events and say “hello!”

Interabang Books is located at 10720 Preston Road in Dallas, TX, next door to the Central Market on Royal Lane. Get directions here, and don’t forget to join Interabang Books’ mailing list!

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*All info gathered on 6/29/17 from Interabang’s website and social media pages, and from these articles by Shelf AwarenessThe Dallas News, and D Magazine.