Book Nook opens its doors in Bowen
A NEW Bowen bookstore opened its doors this month, selling second-hand books from a delightfully petite shopfront.
The aptly named Book Nook, is nestled next to BJM Lawyers and was opened by resident and practice owner Barbara Mendelsohn earlier this month.
COVID-19 restrictions put a slight hold on the initial opening of the shop, however Ms Mendelsohn said the business wasn't a "make it or break it" venture, as proceeds would go toward charity.
"The book shop was scheduled to open on Easter weekend "but because of coronavirus we could not do so," she said.
"When the restrictions for non-essential purchasing were lifted and as we had
everything prepared, we virtually opened overnight.
"It's not the kind of make or break type of operation. The books were purchased, and with some donations, we will be here whatever."
Having previously volunteered at the Cairns Women's Shelter Book Shop, Ms Mendlesohn had the idea to do something similar and said things seemed to align perfectly in order for her to open her own store.
Some of the books at Ms Mendelsohn's Book Nook came from 'Bobs Books', which was a successful book stall at the Bowen and Airlie Beach markets.
"The idea came about when Bob ceased working at the markets," she said.
"I have a little room, with its own front entrance, just off my office, which was sitting empty, so I thought that would make a great spot for a little book shop.
"Also I have been told that second hand books are very popular with the 'grey nomads', and we are situated right across the road from the entrance to the Wangaratta Caravan Park, and mostly the caravans and RV's park right outside our door when they check in at the van park."
Ms Mendelsohn said she would be putting a portion of the proceeds towards a charity, and hoped to support the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service after the bushfires.
"When the bushfires happened I wanted to help raise money for the animals, for WIRES and put some of the profits towards that," she said.
"After something like this, people have the ability to bounce back, but animals are just so vulnerable.'
Ms Mendelsohn is welcoming book donations, but said she was still deciding if she would offer a book swap service.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm and 10am - 3pm on the weekends. Hours may vary, so Ms Mendelsohn welcomes anyone to send a text first, on 0438 186 882 before travelling to visit the book shop.
The store is located at 65 Golf Links Rd, Bowen, opposite Wangaratta Caravan Park.