Calling all local book lovers! Tombolo Books, the popular indie bookshop that’s popped up at events all around the ‘Burg will open its brick-and-mortar location on Saturday, December 14.
Co-owners Alsace Walentine and Candice Anderson launched a fundraising campaign in late November, and within a week nearly raised the entirety of Tombolo’s $12,000 fundraising goal. At this moment they’ve raised $10,375 from 113 backers.
A new indie bookstore in the Grand Central District
Alsace had over 15 years of experience managing Asheville, North Carolina’s well-known Malaprop’s Bookstore and growing the store’s events program. Since starting Tombolo Books 2 years ago, Walentine and Anderson have sold over 4,000 books in their popular pop-up locations.
The new 1,550-square-foot bookstore, at 2153 1st Ave. South in the Grand Central District just west of downtown, will have a rotating selection of 7,000 highly curated books, with plans for regularly engaging the community through author events and book clubs.
“The time is right for a specialty bookstore like ours in St. Petersburg,” Walentine said. “In talking to the customers at our pop-ups, we’ve seen there’s significant demand for a place that brings all types of people together, with the common bond being a love for reading.”
Book clubs, author events and more planned
Tombolo will offer exciting titles for readers of all ages. Yes, there’s even a reading nook for your kids, though I would also totally lounge in there for an afternoon.
Tombolo is in good company. The indie bookstore is located next Black Crow Coffee and Squeeze Juice Works. Buy yourself a book, a grab a cold pressed juice, a baked good from Black Crow and enjoy the sunshine in the courtyard. It’s paradise, folks.