Conventional wisdom says brick 'n mortar bookstores are a dying breed. Not so--and we have over twenty years of continued success to prove it.
How? Shopping local and the thousands of North Georgia customers who shop and support us each and every day. We all understand that shopping local benefits the community, benefits you, and benefits any present and future entrepreneur that has a dream.
Shopping local makes it all happen.
How did Bookmiser begin?
It all came to fruition in a 1997 summer vacation trip to southern Florida to visit the grandparents. The idea for a bookstore had been floated for many years, but on an eleven hour road trip, we had plenty of time to parse the subject and cement the details. The children were riveted with the idea, and excited about having input into what most would consider an “adult” decision.
The Bookmiser used book store concept was born. We all agreed there was no such thing as a “bad” used book store. However, we wanted to be different, unique, and create a concept that would separate us from others in the industry. Our bookstore would be clean and organized, not dusty, musty and in disarray; the store would be easy to see, easy to find, easy to access; our trade and pricing concept would be simple, keeping rules to a minimum; the inventory would be clean and of high quality; the bookstore experience would include more than books, featuring music of decades gone by—the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, and ‘50’s.
In May 1998, we began the exploration for a location that met our criteria of high profile, visible, and easy to access. In addition, we needed to source inventory so we could “seed” the store until customer trades filled our shelves. For the next 4 months, it was a constant exploration of garage sales, estate sales, phone calls to leasing agents, and road trips throughout northwest Atlanta.
On September 19, 1998, Bookmiser became a reality--a risk, a dream, and a success. Since then, we opened our current East Cobb location and proudly maintained our Roswell location for over 20 years. Bookmiser continues to serve Marietta and surrounding communities—hosting author events, facilitating store hosted book clubs, and yes, selling used and new books.
The outpouring of support from the community was, and remains, tremendous To our customers, please accept our deepest appreciation and many thanks for validating our decision to create Bookmiser each and every day.