Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath is one of Britain’s best loved bookshops and if you ever wanted to support them now is the time to do it as they launch a crowdfunding campaign to expand its premises.
The store is already an absolutely delightful place to be, and if you haven’t already visited Mr B’s Emporium, you can find it in our bookshop section by clicking the link attached to the name in this paragraph.
As bookshops go it’s a delight to the senses but the owners are hoping this new crowdfunding campaign will allow them to expand the premises with plans for “something that shows kids, and reminds grown-ups how exciting reading can be and that shows the high street is very much alive and kicking”.
The opportunity to expand has presented itself by an upcoming vacancy in the shop’s adjacent premises at 13 John Street, which is currently occupied by a gallery. Mr B, Nic Bottomley has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the hope of raising £45,000 to enable it to take on the lease of the new premises this autumn, allowing the shop to expand without relocating. The expansion would more than double the extra floor space in the shop, allowing them to stock more titles and host more events.
Watch more about the campaign and take a look around the shop in the video below, and if you’d wish to support the Crowdfunder Campaign, click here.
The Crowfunding campaign launched on 9th October with the hope of raising £45,000 to expand the shop. This amount was smashed within weeks and a new stretch target of £70,000 was set to help the shop reduced its reliance on expensive bank funding and when the campaign closed on Monday afternoon it was announced that £63,765 had been raised for the project.
It’s a grim time for retailers with many proclaiming the high street ‘dead on its feet’ so the news that two new stores are opening is absolutely fantastic, especially as it’s bookshops in particular who are suffering from the effects of online trade and the digital revolution.
The store is already an absolutely delightful place to be, and if you haven’t already visited Mr B’s Emporium, you can find it in our bookshop section by clicking the link attached to the name in this paragraph. Read More
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