A new pint-sized independent bookshop has opened in Stockton.
Drake – The Bookshop opened on 22nd September and is run by Richard Drake and his partner Melanie Greenwood. It occupies a space of only 3x4sqm as a small start-up in the Enterprise Arcade, a 140-year-old building in the heart of Stockton.
It stocks 600 titles across fiction, crime, young adult and children’s books, as well as a range of dyslexia-friendly titles.
Drake is formerly a maths teacher of 14 years and made the leap from teacher to bookseller after an inspirational visit to Wordsworth Bookshop & Coffee House in Penrith, owned by a former headteacher.
Fuelled by an idea and a love of books, Drake describes on his blog that he wanted to share in the experience of customers choosing and buying books and sharing that joy with others.
The independent has already held an impromptu author book-signing in its first week, courtesy of TV chef Peter Sidwell, and is currently making plans to host a local author for the industry-wide Books Are My Bag campaign in October.
Drake told The Bookseller: “I’m delighted I’ve done it. I can’t see this being anything but fantastic. Since opening on Tuesday the response has been amazing. We have been blown away by the support the people of Stockton have shown and the speed with which news of our opening has spread. We're looking forward to getting more involved with the community and creating an exciting social hub on the high street."