Two Rivers Bookstore is now open at 2172 Young Ave in the historic Cooper Young neighborhood.
Owner Heather Cummings spoke with us on her new business in the neighborhood:
“I lived in Cooper-Young in the 90’s, just a block from where my store is now. I fell in love with the community I found here, and when I moved back to Memphis after fourteen years on the West Coast, I knew Cooper-Young was the only neighborhood for me. I bought a house in the neighborhood and began working on my goal of having a business here.
I actually think it’s better for bookstores to be clustered together. When I lived in San Francisco, most of the bookstores were grouped together. This allowed book lovers to spend an afternoon walking from shop to shop, making the neighborhood a destination for them. Burke’s is a very different bookstore from Two Rivers, and I don’t see my store as competition.”
While Burke’s has a great selection of general interest fiction and nonfiction, including a large selection of books about Memphis history and by Memphis authors, I only focus on Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. This allows me to delve deeper into these specific genres and carry books that can’t be found anywhere else in Memphis. I also have a gift shop featuring 100% sweatshop free gifts, most are hand made by very small companies.”
In observance of Black History Month, your contributions to Two Rivers Bookstore purchases science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction from black authors who have shaped and built our cultural history.
Heather is giving away copies of “1984,” and a few others while supplies last, thanks to anonymous benefactors. The growing interest in providing free books to the community led Heather to set up a fundraiser page, streamlining the process and allowing people outside of Memphis to donate with ease. Various books will be distributed to the community at no cost on a walk-in basis while supplies last. Two Rivers plans on closing this campaign on February 28th and if it is successful, they will begin a new campaign in March.
Two Rivers Bookstore’s current hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 PM – 7 PM and Sunday from 12 PM – 5 PM. Two Rivers hopes to increase hours and open on Mondays soon.