Bookish crowned as metro Atlanta’s favorite bookstore
Bookish has been a bright light when the community needed it the most. During the pandemic, Owner Kendra Gayle Lee delivered books throughout Atlanta. Angee Hornsby told Atlanta Journal Constitute, “They have delivered love and hope to our doorstep over the quarantine. They are a treasure for our neighborhood and the city”. It’s no secret why Bookish, a write-in nominee, was voted as metro Atlanta’s favorite bookstore by the AJC readership.
As many great ideas do, it started while sitting in Joe’s Coffee. Kendra tells us she had just finished up a freelance writing assignment and was cozied up on one of Joe’s couches, drinking great coffee with a few unexpected hours to spare. She thought a bookstore seemed like the perfect fit for EAV that neighbors could walk to, bump into one another, and shop local. Kendra learned that Bound to Be Read had been the neighborhood bookstore for about a decade before closing. Folks were still mourning the loss of a neighborhood bookstore. While she knew she could never fill the shoes of Bound to Be Read, she believed the neighborhood would rally behind and support a bookstore in EAV.
When asked about her favorite memory of Bookish, Kendra told us it was when she was standing at the register at the grand opening in September 2019 and seeing the store packed with folks who’d turned up to support this indie bookstore venture. Her “super close second favorite” memory was when the air conditioner broke this summer and folks rallied behind the GoFundMe so quickly that they’d met their goal in the first few hours. Kendra says, “the support that Bookish has received from the time it was just an idea floating around in my head to a brick and mortar store simply amazes me”.
Bookish is always looking to expand and enhance its book inventory to better meet peoples’ needs. They believe that representation matters and try to stock a solid selection of diverse books for adults and kids. Bookish has both new and used books, so there’s something to meet most price ranges. Books should always be accessible, exciting, and representative of a vast array of experiences and ideas.
How can you support Bookish? Stop in the store and look around. Buy a Bookish t-shirt or reusable tote. Put a Bookish sticker on your car or laptop. Share their social media posts and write reviews online. And tell far-flung family and friends about their Bookshop link. Bookish is a community-based bookstore that loves EAV. Kendra says, “the very best thing you can do for Bookish is to tell your friends about us–in person, on social media, in sky-writing. Send more awesome people our way and let us find them their next great read”.
Bookish is located at 1188 Glenwood Ave SE and is open six days a week currently. They also offer additional by-appointment hours for those who are limiting their exposure to others. Folks can order by popping in or by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Book Order”, or by calling or texting 404-496-8722. Orders are placed on Sundays and books arrive later that same week.
You can browse/order online or if you’d like books shipped to your door, use the Bookshop link. Bookshop gives customers access to a much wider array of books and the order ships straight to their door. Bookish gets a really good cut of the proceeds from the sale. When customers use Bookshop over other online retailers, they’re supporting Bookish and the local community in a very real and important way.
Here’s your chance to win a Bookish swag bag!
One lucky winner will win an assorted swag bag filled with Bookish goodies including a Bookish t-shirt, tote bag, mug, sticker and notebook. Now that we’ve got your attention, here’s how it will go down in three easy steps:
Step 1: Head over to Bookish (1188 Glenwood Ave SE) to purchase a book
Step 2: Mention the EAV Insider when you check out
Step 3: Be the 15th person to mention the EAV Insider during check out and you’ll win the bag of swag! Best of luck!
East Atlanta’s Endangered Madison Theatre
The Georgia Trust’s list features a range of irreplaceable sites, representing local history from generations, that all have one thing in common. They are all at risk of being lost. The list has been published every year since 2005 and among the shortlist of 10 endangered sites announced in 2019 is the once-grand Madison Theatre along East Atlanta’s Flat Shoals Avenue commercial strip.
Daniell and Beutell, Atlanta architects, designed the theatre in a style popular of the 1920s, Moorish Revival. The theatre opened in 1927 with seating for 600 theater patrons, plus “lavish furnishings” and air conditioning. At the time, it was considered one of the South’s finest and most expensive neighborhood showplaces. It was a community and cultural resource that helped bridge the gap between silent and “talkie” pictures, according to the Georgia Trust. The building operated as a theatre until the 1960s when the building was later used as a church.
According to Cinema Treasures, it also functioned as art-house East Art Cinema in the 1970s. Since the 1980s, only a fraction of the building has been used for commercial tenants. The large theater room is currently being used for storage space. The stage, auditorium, columns, and other interior ornamentation remain intact while many of the interior features have been removed. “There is significant potential for rehabilitation, but there are no plans to bring the theater back to its original glory,” said Georgia Trust officials.
“Unless you resided in this east Atlanta community during the mid-20th century, you probably would not know that the Madison Theatre ever existed,” Jack Coursey wrote for Cinema Treasures. “It has spent more years either vacant or for furniture storage than it ever did as a cinema.”
One Cinema Treasures reader wrote, “I lived in East Atlanta in the 1950s and early 1960s and frequented the Madison Theatre. Back then you could see the movie as many times as you wanted for one admission price. Our dad drove a taxi on the weekends for East Atlanta Cab, which was right down the street from the Madison. My brother and I would often stay at the theatre all day until Dad got off from work. I had a dime to spend each Saturday and would either get a coke and popcorn or a coke and a big Charms cherry sucker. My brother and I would go every weekend. Saturdays at the Madison Theatre were among my favorite childhood memories”.
The Madison is less grand than the fabulous Fox, but Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of the Georgia Trust, said the comparison to the Fox is fair. “It could revitalize East Atlanta the way the Fox has revitalized Midtown,” he said.
Villy’s vegan sandwich shop coming to the Village
Villy’s, a vegan sandwich shop, recently announced it will open its first physical location in the heart of East Atlanta Village. Villy’s has been making vegan sandwiches for about a year and first started as a pop-up in December 2019 at the 529 music venue. They sold out of 120 plant-based Philly sandwiches in a couple of hours. After several pop-ups in early 2020, news of the great food quickly spread and the hunt for a flagship location began. The owners wanted to be in the East Atlanta neighborhood where it all began and where the majority of their customer base calls home.
Founder Aaron Gossett-Posey has experience working in many kitchens across Atlanta including the Vortex and Homegrown. He gets the credit for the mouthwatering “alternative chicken” recipe and with the help of his new business partners, he can now make his dream a reality. Max Balbuena, one of the partners, has experience selling vintage T-shirts, and the other partner, Hayes Gotsick, has front-of-house restaurant experience.
Gossett-Posey announced the opening in October, saying: “We’re happy to announce in the next coming months we’ll be opening our doors to our first very own brick and mortar. We’ll be located right in the heart of East Atlanta Village, where it all started!”. Villy’s will occupy the space that previously housed Get Fruity Cafe. The partners set up a GoFundMe to raise money for renovations.
Villy’s vegan menu will feature a variety of plant-based “poultry” sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and hot dogs. We can’t forget about the popular desserts, too. Their deep-fried Oreos and “bacon”-covered cinnamon rolls are hand-made by Gossett-Posey’s very own mother and are out of this world. Be sure to give Villy’s a warm welcome into the Village in 2021.
EAV REAL ESTATE UPDATE
FEEDING HUNGRY FAMILIES + SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY
Giving back is in our roots! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with the East Atlanta Kids Club to provide food for Atlanta families in need. For each house transaction we close in East Atlanta, we will be donating $500 to the East Atlanta Kids Club to help them extend their reach and feed even more families!
We had the opportunity to chat with Ryan Downey, Executive Director at East Atlanta Kids Club, and he shared with us that each and every week, they are working to build as many food boxes as possible for families in need. The team relies solely on volunteers to help them pack, so if you’re willing and available to get involved in our community, reach out to the team to see how you can help! 404.627.8050
Special thanks go to all of our clients in the area who have helped up contribute! Last year we have helped supply an additional 1,900 lbs of food for hungry families… and you can help us reach even more people! Know anyone looking to buy or sell in East Atlanta? Send them our way so we can give back even more.