Paper Boat Booksellers will open this summer in West Seattle, Wash. Desirae and Eric Judy announced recently on the store’s Facebook page that they have “signed our lease and will be serving the West Seattle community books this summer! We are so excited and can’t wait to meet all you book enthusiasts once we open. Our new location is at 6040 California Ave. SW near the Morgan Junction–stay tuned for updates as we get closer to our mid-summer opening date!” (Eric Judy is a founding member and former bassist of the the indie rock band Modest Mouse.)
On Independent Bookstore Day, Paper Boat Booksellers had a pop-up bookshop at the West Seattle gift shop Alair, but “now they’ve found a home of their own!“West Seattle Blog reported, adding: “In an earlier exchange, when they were still space-hunting, they told us, ‘We are book lovers and believe that an independent bookstore can thrive in our community–it is not only a place to indulge in the love of reading, but also a place to meet your neighbors and share your love of books. We envision our bookstore as a true community meeting space!’ “
At the end of IBD, they posted: “Thank You West Seattle for celebrating #seabookstoreday with us and coming out to show your support for our new adventure! We are so grateful to all of you who came out and chatted with us, bought a book and shared your love of books and excitement for a new bookstore in the neighborhood–thank you a million times–we will see you soon!”
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