May 29, 2022 – 6:07 p.m.
A new bookstore in Osoyoos aims to prove that there is a strong appetite for reading old-fashioned stories.
Dan Williams and his wife coordinate waste prevention programs and were looking for a way to better fund these initiatives.
As a book lover, he decided to try to generate income by creating a space that would be enjoyed by other bookworms.
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So earlier in May he launched Wayside Select Books & Art as a nonprofit.
“The word ‘select’ is kind of like our code, to let people know that these used books are in great condition and marketable,” he said.
The store just celebrated its grand opening on May 28. Her collection is mostly made up of higher-quality used books, which include all categories, but the most common among them are non-fiction titles, Williams said.
“Bookstores are always a great place to come in and talk about stuff,” he said. “They are a repository of ideas and thoughts. And people have strong feelings about the books they love.
Williams also remembers that video stores are vibrant social hubs where great conversations have often taken place and although this business model has become almost obsolete, he wants his store to add this kind of space to the community.
A small audience will be able to gather in the store for book readers, spoken word poetry and unplugged musical performances.
“We want Osoyoos to be not just a city of the arts, but a city of books,” Williams said, also mentioning the city’s other bookstore, The Happy Paper Parlor.
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Most books at Wayside are $5, but some of the most sought-after titles are priced at $10.
The shop also sells local artwork “at competitive prices”, and many pieces sold out the day they arrived, he said.
The store is run by volunteers, so after the monthly rent is paid, almost all other income goes to charitable efforts, he said.
Visit Wayside at 8317 Main Street in Osoyoos – no need to book in advance.
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