Situated next to a sandy strip of Dorset beach, the Avon Beach Shop provides all the necessities for holiday makers and day trippers. There’s a ramp that makes disabled access possible and easy entry for families with buggies. The shop is divided into areas where a range merchandise is displayed. There’s a section for leisure wear and swimming costumes, a central counter with the till that acts as a newsagent with papers, sweets, ice creams and drinks for sale. Opposite, there’s a selection of gifts and to the right of the entrance you’ll find body-boards, buckets and spades and the like. Tucked away in a corner is the book department that provides a range of fiction, crime novels and local interest books. There are few book displays that have such a marvellous backdrop through the window of the shop.
Alongside adult books, there are shelves with titles for toddlers, children and young adults as well as a section dedicated to transport and travel. A stand holds pamphlets by local authors including non-fiction and poetry. The book department adds a unique feature to this beach-side shop, where music from the radio plays in the background and the decor is functional (owing to sandy/wet feet coming in from the beach).
Do you know of other bookshops set in unique locations?
Keep your feedback coming and I’ll be ready to reply although I won’t be making another post for a week or so. I’m off on my holidays via Stratford-upon-Avon and Cumbria to Edinburgh. What out for news from the Fringe and the Edinburgh Book Festival.