LAKEVIEW — An independent, family-owned bookstore has moved into the Southport Corridor.
Three Avenues Bookshop, 3009 N. Southport Ave., opened Saturday at the corner of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington avenues. It aims to be a community hub where neighbors can shop, hold book talks and gather for other events, the owners said.
The store is run by husband-and-wife couple Tim Wurman and Jordan Felkey, who live nearby in Lakeview.
“We’re really excited to be opening a business within our own community,” Felkey said. “We’re also excited because there’s been a lot of growth in this area, which now we get to be a part of.”
The 1,800-square-foot bookshop carries a mix of fiction and nonfiction with a focus on an extensive children’s section, Wurman said. People can also shop the store’s collection online.
The couple plans for the store to host weekly children’s story times and other events, such as book talks with local authors and book clubs, Felkey said.
“We want to create a space for community members to come together,” Felkey said. “We’re creating a space for people to meet, talk about books, talk about life or just connect with others and share stories.”
Wurman used to work as a software engineer, but he got the idea to start his own business when he grew tired of working remotely and wanted a job with a stronger sense of community, he said. He had been posting short book reviews on his Instagram, which grew into his idea for Three Avenues Bookshop.
“That’s where the inspiration started, and we’ve taken off from there,” Wurman said.
Felkey, who worked as a pediatric speech pathologist until the couple’s baby was born, supported the idea because she thinks it will be an opportunity to use her passion for literacy.
“I’ve got a background helping all kinds of kids and working with teachers on literacy things, so it’s really exciting to think about how Three Avenues can work with schools and families,” Felkey said. “We’re figuring out how this store fits in with our backgrounds and our own goals.”
Three Avenues Bookshop is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
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