Winstone’s is situated at 8 Cheap Street, towards the top of the town in Sherborne. The shop is double fronted and light streams into the space that contains a huge range of books. As well as shelves along the walls, there are central displays and stands for book-themed gift cards. A quarter of the floor space is dedicated to children’s books and the owner, Wayne Winstone has worked hard to establish links with schools to promote reading as an important life experience for children of all ages.
The children’s area is inviting with a couch, a rocking horse and a standard lamp to entice families to stay and browse. Children are invited to review books and as part of the Sherborne Literary Festival, a short story competition for children was held.
Wayne has been successful in attracting authors to deliver talks and book signings at the shop and recent events included a book launch by Sarah Challis.
As part of the customer service, next day delivery of books is offered on 200,000 titles and a website gives comprehensive support. The shop also offers a comfortable cafe space where local book groups meet and where excellent Ethiopian fair trade coffee is served.
What could be nicer than a bookshop with a Gaggia?