This interview has been edited.
What does everybody need to know about People’s Book?
1) We live in Takoma Park, just like you! Your playgrounds are our playgrounds … we are trying to fill a need we’ve heard voiced in the community and are invested in strengthening our sense of belonging.
2) I am a former reading coach and elementary school teacher. If you’re looking for a book to hook your kiddo into reading, please come and ask!
3) We are a general purpose bookstore. We will have something for every kind of reader. We are looking forward to curating our selection further as we learn more about what our neighbors are looking for.
4) While we won’t be a full service cafe (BevCo is right around the corner and makes a mean latte!), we will have regular drip coffee from Vigilante, treats from the Capital Candy Jar, Wild Bay Kombucha and other cold beverages, and Chocotenango chocolates.
Would you talk about the process of opening a new bookstore? When did you first have this idea?
A few years ago, my parents were visiting to help [my husband] Matt and I settle into our new Takoma Park home. As a whole family, we hoped to take a stroll with our two young kiddos to a local bookstore. Matt needed some light comic book reading, my father wanted to pick up a book on local birds (he’s a nature buff!), we desperately needed some new picture books for the kids’ rooms, and I myself was dying to read Celeste Ng’s bestseller, “Little Fires Everywhere,” before diving into the new Hulu show. We were astonished to discover that there was no such store walking distance from us!
After joking a few times about opening a bookstore ourselves, Matt and I slowly dipped our toes in the bookseller world (keeping … as we do now, our full time day jobs!), by becoming members of the American Booksellers Association and getting trained up by Paz & Associates, the go-to-new-independent-bookstore-gurus.
We then jumped into the deep end by eventually securing a Small Business Association loan. We feel lucky to have secured a space in the very walkable…