February 5, 2016
Washington, D.C. to get a new indie bookstore in Capitol Hill
by Julia Fleischaker
Residents of Washington, D.C., a city seemingly in the midst of an independent bookselling renaissance, will soon have one more store to look forward to browsing. Larry Janezich reported the news at Capitol Hill Corner:
Capitol resident Laurie Gillman will open a new indie bookshop at 645 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, this spring. The shop is planning a grand opening celebration the weekend of April 30 which will continue through Sunday, May 1, coinciding with this year’s Literary Hill Bookfest at Eastern Market. A soft opening is planned for the first few weeks of April. The announcement is in keeping with the quiet revival of independent book sellers in an era which has seen the closing of one chain bookstore outlet after another. Gillman says, of the 3,200 square foot space, “It will be great to have East City Bookshop, Labyrinth, and Capitol Hill Frame & Photo together as a bright spot of retail in the neighborhood.”
East City Bookshop will be located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, which already has two used bookstores (Capitol Hill Books and Riverby Books) and a children’s bookstore (The Fairy Godmother). And though the city doesn’t lack for great stores (it’s home to newcomer Upshur Street Books, along with longtime favorites Kramerbooks and Politics & Prose), as Janezich notes, the immediate area has been without a general interest store since the closing of the much-loved Trover Shop Bookstore in 2009.
Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.