Best New Business - Books are Awesome

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What they do

Books Are Awesome is a local bookstore located in the heart of Parker. It was started by Wendy Withers in January of 2020. The store is the size of a small house without the walls, with sticky notes scattered throughout the shelves of small blurbs about book recommendations written by some of the store’s most voracious readers. In addition to carrying over 11,000 titles in the store, patrons also have access to ordering books through their website and having them delivered to the store. Withers prides herself in having the best books of every genre on hand, with children’s books organized by the height of the reader. Books Are Awesome partners with local businesses and organizations in many ways, including providing required reading for students, hosting book clubs and selling products from local vendors.

History

Having opened its doors just three months before the world shut down from the pandemic in 2020, owner Wendy Withers has always wanted to recreate her childhood experience of getting lost in bookstores in her own community. From patrons creating a newsletter to hosting a book club for a women’s networking group to hanging art on loan from the local art studio, Withers attributes the store's success during the pandemic to support from the community and collaboration with local businesses.

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