Strand on the Upper West Side is open for business! The doors opened this week for book lovers to come and enjoy the location. With a mask on of course.
The new location used to be home to Book Culture, until it closed back in February. The store started to face hardships back in June 2019 due to financial issues. The owner, Chris Doeblin, did his best to raise money to keep the store open, but in the end his attempts backfired when he was sued by his business partner Rick MacArthur for misleading customers. So, the store had no choice but to close it’s doors. On the bright side, the store has other locations, and Doeblin will be looking for another one.
Now this former Book Culture location has become Strand at Columbus Ave. it was supposed to open in March, but due to the pandemic the grand opening had to be postponed until now. Similar to the original and beloved location at Union Square, it will continue to sell used, rare, and new books. Along with bookish items like their totes, pencil cases, journals, and they will be expanding their events. Children story time will take place at this location and author talks as well.
This store is a bright light for book lovers in the city. With the current state of the world, we all need a little something to make us smile and have hope and this new Strand is doing just that.
Be sure to check it out! It’s located at 450 Columbus Ave.