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Review: The Book Shelter – Hiram, GA

11/30/2010

The Book Shelter exudes character, from the historic downtown location to the creaky wood floors. I have high hopes for this little shop – given a little attention to marketing and presence on the internet, and the addition of some chairs to the cozy alcove in the back, this shop could become a favorite hangout. Next to the Antiques shop and just feet from the railroad track, The Book Shelter carries a large supply of unique and intriguing used books. Trade-ins receive a good amount, and credit can be used towards half your purchase price. A collection of toys and a toddlers table by the children’s books makes for a play area for tots, and the wide aisles and tall ceilings provide for ample breathing room.

Unlike most cramped used book stores, I found The Book Shelter to be much more friendly to the book fiend, while maintaining a used feel – no pretentious aspirations of being a quasi-used/new bookstore. With a little work on their website and a more dedicated presence on Facebook, I truly hope The Book Shelter can thrive on through the coming years.

With the Hiram Coffee Shop, Downtown Dance and Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant also close by, the little downtown area of Hiram is certainly becoming a fun spot to enjoy. My only concern is the marketing/online presence is sorely lacking and one literally has to pass through the foursquare area to note the offerings of this fair treasure of a Downtown locale. Equally hindering is the shops’ decision for hours which are not opportune – for instance the closing of the Hiram Coffee Shop in the afternoon….

With the launch of the Olive Tree, I will hope for some more viral marketing techniques and perhaps a realization of the value of extended hours when mixing the availability of books and coffee….

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