In just over a week, BookHampton will open the doors at
BookHampton owner Charline Spektor said the store will open on Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m. with local radio station WEHM on hand and giveaways at the store all day.
"We're completely thrilled to open on the North Fork," Spektor said.
BookHampton's move to the North Fork has been a long time coming. Spektor and her business partner and husband Jeremy Nussbaum said they waited a long time for the right location. She said the North Fork is a perfect fit for the store, in part because she said she believes the school districts are excellent and the store can just fit in with all the speciality shops in the Love Lane neighborhood.
"The North Fork is beautiful and the community has made us feel so welcome. The area really needs a community bookstore," she said.
She said the store is booking events for the Mattituck location, including a visit from mystery writer Linda Fairstein in July and will be starting book groups specifically for its new customer base.
Describing the independent booksellers' relationship with customers as similar to a "really good friend," Spektor said the individual, personalized attention given to readers at independent book sellers cannot be replicated.
After the store opens, Spektor said they want customers to come and tell them what is going on in the community and how the store can better serve the community. She said because the store has such strong ties to the community, they can really get to know the customer base and make great personal recommendations.
"We're not a corporate store. We return money we make right into the community," Spektor said.
BookHampton also has stores in Southampton, Sag Harbor, and East Hampton. BookHampton offers a 15 percent teacher discount to teachers for their entire purchase.