Bibliophiles, rejoice. A bookstore hoping to revive the spirit of Book Revue has found a permanent location in Huntington, a few blocks from its predecessor, the owner told Newsday.
The Next Chapter has signed a lease at 204 New York Ave., a five-minute walk from Book Revue, owner Mallory Braun said Thursday.
Braun founded the new store after Book Revue, the iconic store that operated downtown for 44 years, closed in September after failed lease negotiations. More than $257,000 has been donated by more than 2,200 book lovers to support the return of an independent bookstore to Huntington Village. Brown, a former editor of the book review, opened the new store with Book Revue founder Richard Klein’s help.
“This couldn’t have happened without the community,” Braun said. “I’ve had a lot of help from people along the way.”
Book Revue, which opened in 1977, served as a cornerstone of the community, which Braun hopes to replicate. She plans to offer classes, workshops, readings by local authors, performances and possibly a café.
The next chapter is expected to open this fall. Until then, Braun said, the store will be holding pop-ups in Huntington. The next one will be at Main Street Nursery at 475 Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information about pop-ups will be published on the store’s social networks.
Braun said the new location needed a “significant facelift,” including updated floors, paint and shelving. The space is large enough to house excess materials, so an offsite storage facility won’t be necessary, Braun said. A grocery store previously operated at the location.
Braun said he was prohibited by the terms of the lease from sharing details of the deal, including its length, but said, “We’re looking to have a bookstore in Huntington for a long time.”