A new bookstore is slated to open this fall in downtown Roanoke.
Doloris Vest plans to open Book No Further in mid-October in the 16 West Marketplace building on Church Street. She said the books for sale will be new and like-new, and she will also have an exchange in place for customers to bring in books for store credit.
Vest, an avid reader and the former president of the Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce, said she'd always wanted to open a bookstore. She and her husband have been working on the details of how to run a successful bookstore for the past year now, attending conferences and following research on the topic.
She said the toughest part to figure out is often what types of books to carry. She has a survey out at www.booknofurther.com, in which she is asking residents to help her decide what to add to her inventory. Vest already plans to have a special section for books about the Roanoke Valley and those written by local authors.
Vest is in the process of designing the 500-square-foot space in the front corner of 16 West into a cozy, modern bookstore. A coffee shop, Little Green Hive, already does business in the front of the shopping center, and Vest wants customers to feel comfortable grabbing coffee and one of the lounge chairs nearby while they are book shopping. She also plans to have some seats inside and wants to host book clubs and writers' workshops since there is plenty of space around the store.
Book No Further is expected to open Oct. 17.