Rockport Books is coming to Downtown for the holiday season!
Rockport books is part of the Hugobooks Independent stores also located in Marblehead, Beverly, Newburyport and Andover. Our intent is to do a holiday pop-up and test the local book market. If the bookstore can do comparable sales to our other locations for the holidays we would love to become a permanent year round store.
Will it have a full inventory? We will jam as much as we can into a small space with hot bestsellers, holiday catalog titles, kids books and gifts and cards, but with a 5 week venue it will not have the breadth of a store building inventory all year round. That said we will be doing special orders daily and we usually have specials in store within a day or two — never any charge for shipping or handling.
What will the hours be? We hope to be open November 18th and will be open every day until Christmas at least 10–6 (we'll do earlier or later as business deems). After Christmas and thereafter will be securely in the hands of Rockport Readers and how many books they buy!
We are looking forward to a fun new adventure at 1A Main Street!
Andover Bookstore Has Moved!
Change is necessary for the growth of any institution, especially one that is two-hundred eight years old. The Andover Bookstore begins a new chapter in its storied history with the announcement of an exciting move to a new and stunning location. For decades, Andover Bookstore has made its home in Olde Andover Village (now Andover Village Square), but not always. Fans of town history may know that the bookstore’s more familiar address is its sixth since 1809.
By September the Andover Bookstore will be open at 74 Main Street (right next to CVS). Our cozy new home has unique character and loads of charm: detailed ornate woodwork, leaded windows, a soaring ceiling, and a fireplace. Customers will appreciate the ease of access and parking. With a storefront that faces Main Street, even more readers will be able to discover us. Despite dramatic change in the publishing industry in recent years, HugoBooks and the Andover Bookstore have continued to thrive. Since the Olde Andover Village complex was sold a few years ago, we have tried hard to come up with terms that meet the Landlord and the Bookstore’s financial needs, but Restaurants and Bookstores are very different businesses and we could not reach an agreement that served both parties, despite long and amicable negotiations.
Sales are up, thanks to the many in our community (and beyond) who understand the myriad benefits of shopping at local, independently owned businesses. Wonderful, loyal customers continue to demonstrate their solid support with every visit, and they are never taken for granted. In our move across the street, we carry with us the commitment to excellent customer service, a varied and well-chosen selection of book and gifts, and the ability to get special order titles quickly. Fond memories from the old carriage house will endure along with fresh ones to be created in the new “manor” home.
We welcome you,
John Hugo, Karen, Chris, Roseanna, Hadley, Megan, and Vickie
Read the article in the Andover Townsman about our move here
Why shop Indie?
When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:
- The Economy
- Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
- Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
- More of your taxes are reinvested in your community — where they belong.
- The Environment
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
- The Community
- Local retailers are your friends and neighbors — support them and they’ll support you.
- Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
- More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.