Displayed outside the shop with its distinctive black and gold signage are children’s books, postcards, sun hats, beach bags and wind chimes. This provides an idea of the merchandise to be found within.
The colour theme continues inside with books about the local area displayed on black shelves and stands that hold children’s books for a range of ages. In the corner you’ll find a selection of classic texts and poetry with children’s Shakespeare titles arranged alongside.
The proprietor, Ann Newman, runs the business with her son Dave and has an eye for merchandise and affordable luxuries to complement the stock of books. At Imagine Books you’ll find jewellery and tiaras, soaps, candles and essential oils that perfume the space. To add to the atmosphere there is music and tracks from a band called ‘Rainbow’ were playing during my visit.
The shop is divided into rooms with a courtyard at the centre that has a water feature and chairs for relaxed reading.
The room at the rear holds books relating to history, sport and hobbies while the centre room contains antiquarian books in a glass cabinet alongside shelves housing dark fiction and racks with graphic novels and imported comics.
Dave works hard to promote the business through social media and the Facebook page has a photograph album recording many of the recent events held at the shop. This includes the Local Authors’ day in May whereby talented local writers were promoted and the event was advertised with the help of a stilt-walker dressed in a top-hat and tails who gave out leaflets. In addition, there’s a website with details of current events and listings for local books and DVDs.
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