Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge on High Street in the centre of Nantwich took part in Independent Bookshop Week 2020 which took place from 20th to 27th June.
Independent Bookshop Week is an annual celebration of independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland, organised by the Booksellers Association and sponsored by book publisher Hachette.
The week celebrated the role indie booksellers have continued to play in building a sense of community during the pandemic, as well as encouraging customers to support their local high street by shopping local at what is a particularly challenging time for small retailers.
Thus far during the pandemic Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge have:
- displayed a painting in their front window by talented Nantwich artist Tony Denton of war veteran Sir Captain Tom Moore who raised over £30 million for the NHS.
- displayed a painting entitled ‘Support the NHS’, also by Tony Denton, inspired by all the staff who work for the National Health Service (NHS). The painting was auctioned online for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, which supports patients, their families, and staff at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- launched a new online shop within their existing website, accessible on different types of device with books delivered to anywhere in the UK via Royal Mail, or co-owner Steve Lawson on his bicycle within 15 miles of the shop.
- introduced shop safety measures including hand sanitiser points, floor markings for social distancing and plastic screens at the till.
- sold books on from within their premises.
- sold takeaway hot & cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes from their premises. (NB. indoor and outdoor seating will be available from 4th July onward).
Denise Lawson, Nantwich Book Shop & Coffee Lounge, said, “A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past three months of lock-down. Steve will happily return to cycling out to deliver books at any time as he found it very rewarding going out to customers.”
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