Bexley bookstore celebrates successful one year of business


Gramercy Books in Bexley is celebrating one year of business.

The bookstore's owner, Linda Kass, says books are her passion and that passion trickles down to her customers.

"We are focused on community and it's all personal here," she said.

Tuesday at Gramercy Books was a celebration as the business officially turned one-year-old.

"The year has flown," Kass said.

For 12 months, the brick-and-mortar shop has been open seven days a week. It's gutsy, Kass knows, opening a bookstore. After all, they're seemingly obsolete, right? Wrong.

"There's quite a resurgence in independent bookstores," Kass said.

According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores dropped 43 percent from 1995 to 2000. However, from 2009 to 2015, ABA reports a 35 percent growth in independent bookstores.

"I think that the resurgence of small businesses in the digital age...they're doing better because they understand connection," she said. "So, those who understand this are successful."

Kass has been successful for 365 days. She says her store has reported steady, rising sales.

She says she owes it all to her customers.

"We are constantly grateful and thankful to our customers for walking through those doors, everyday," she said.

For the birthday celebration, the store was offering 20 percent off all merchandise. Cookies and punch were also available.