Eventually they stumbled on 1150 E Walnut St, a white two-story house near National Ave. The structure has everything they wanted—there’s even a cupboard under the stairs that’s perfect for a Harry Potter theme, and there’s a dedicated room upstairs for an Airbnb. Three months after the couple made an offer, Pagination Bookshop was born.
The couple began renovating immediately. They tore carpet up from the entryway. Three toilets were removed (there were seven total when they bought it!). They laid down new flooring and painted every wall in the house. During a bathroom demolition, the couple discovered an original brick wall behind the plaster and decided to capitalize on its charm by turning the space into a children’s nook.
The couple has a very specific idea of what they want their bookshop to resemble. The shop offers literary fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, fantasy, mystery, horror, memoirs, young adult reads, a children’s section and more, and focuses on both independent publishers and larger publishers. Local and regional authors are also featured, and literary gift options like journals and pens put the cherry on top of the shopping experience. Eventually the couple hopes to add coffee and snacks to their inventory.
The couple envisions the space to be used for parties, author readings, book clubs and writing workshops. The shop opens in early April, and updates about upcoming events are posted regularly on Facebook and Instagram.