Where? Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
Recommended by: Kirsty C L Smith
As for the number of Bookstore Guide's visitors traveling to or through Stromness, we have our doubts as well. However, we're pretty sure that Stromness Books and Prints (also known as J.L. Broom Bookseller - as it was founded by John L. Broom, who no longer owns it) is a great independent bookshop and those always have their place in the Guide, regardless of their position on the map of Europe. Moreover, quality bookstores are only more valued and cherished by the local community if they are to be found in smaller towns or in more remote places, where they slowly become a solid presence in the lives of the locals. Stromness Books and Prints has achieved this status during several decades of its existence.
How can an independent bookstore survive in a town of less than 2500 inhabitants for such a long time? From what we managed to find out, the answer is - by keeping it simple. The bookseller has accepted the limitations of a small town and made Stromness Books and Prints the perfect bookstore for the local community. No additional marketing activities are necessary, no interior designer was consulted (though there were some necessary investments like the new counter and a bigger parking lot) and no complementary services are offered. Stromness Books and Prints is dedicated to one sole goal - providing its customers with a small but satisfying selection of titles - and it fulfills it reliably.
Stromness Books and Prints
1, Graham Place
Orkney KW16 3BY
Phone and Email:
01856 850 565
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