On April 27, 2018, Olivia Lauren and I, Melissa-Sue John met this awesome mother daughter duo at Pitkin Elementary’s Vendor Fair, where the mission of the school was to fundraise for an accessible playground. Karen Opper and her 19-year-old daughter, Belle Opper were getting ready to open a bookstore and informed us they would be delighted to carry our books. Their dream fully materialized on July 15th when they opened their brick and mortar store located at 446 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, CT. We are so happy for them. All of this is #motherdaughterbosses #womenpreneurs #womenempowerment has us feeling very hopeful, confident, and assured that hard work and passion do pay off. We are inviting our readers to support this business. Our youth need to read more and see the power of a dream realized. Their website carries all the books if you are unable to attend in person.
Olivia Lauren and I finally had a chance to visit the store and it was so beautiful. We were truly blown away by the cozy, inviting and open layout plan. They dreams are so much bigger than just a community bookstore. They have a book club and plan to add a café and wine bar in the future. To borrow the words of reporter Kathleen McWilliams of the Hartford Courant published on July 29, 2018. “Tucked among the shopping centers and gas stations on Silas Deane Highway, a book lover can find quiet refuge among the shelves of books and armchairs at That Bookstore. Inside, tall black shelves offer a wide selection of fiction, nonfiction and children’s titles, as well as literary themed tote bags, bookmarks, and socks.” Read full article here.
That Book Store is the one of the only independent book store in Greater Hartford and currently hosts all of Lauren Simone Publishing House Books. If you live in that area or ever visit, please check out the local author section and the children’s book section. There you will find Imani Ariana’s Disco Balls of the Universe, Madison and Elijah’s Elijah and his invisible friend, and the Olivia Lauren Series, and a host of popular children books.
The Grand Opening takes place August 3rd at 12pm. There will be food, giveaways, and we will be there!
The store hours are Monday- Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10-5