Monday, November 8, 2010

Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC


One of the best parts of attending the SIBA trade show in September was getting the chance to rub elbows with all kinds of interesting bookish people and make some new friends along the way. I have to say that meeting Erin Haire, manager of Hub City Bookshop, was one of the highlights of my trip. Erin is a fiercely funny and intelligent person, and I had a wonderful time getting to spend the weekend with her. She has great comic timing, and most of the time I spent with her I was cracking up. One reason I think you should also become familiar with Erin is because she runs one of the more unique and interesting independent bookstores in the South.

Hub City Bookshop is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina and caters to the upscale reader. The selection of books it carries is hand-picked and vetted by the staff, and Hub City Bookshop knows its customers' tastes very well. The store is staffed by a handful of employees and they are not only extremely knowledgeable about the books they carry, they're always ready to give a recommendation. Hub City Bookshop also organizes some fabulous author events, including readings and signings, and they maintain a strong online presence as well.

What makes Hub City Bookshop so interesting is its quirks. The upper floor of the building it occupies is a Masonic Lodge, and despite Erin's curiosity, she's never been up there. They also share the building with a coffee shop and a bakery, so hungry readers or those who need to get their caffeine fix needn't wander far. Also, all of Hub City's profits go toward nourishing creative writing education and independent publishing in the surrounding community. They are operated by the non-profit Hub City Writers Project and also have their own press that specializes in books that have a Southern feel. In addition to all this, they have a writer-in-residence and have just published the very charming and wonderful book, My Only Sunshine by Lou Dischler (review coming soon!). All in all, Hub City Bookshop seems to have its finger on the pulse of all aspects of the book trade, from creation to subsidy to handselling, and its one place I know a bibliophile like myself could spend hours, if not days, perusing.

If you ever get the chance to wander around in Spartanburg, Hub City Bookshop is one place you'll not want to miss. And while you're there, you can tell Erin that I said Hi!

17 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love bookstores that are next to coffeeshops! With baked goods of course! I love the bit about the profits too. Sounds like a wonderful place!

bermudaonion said...

Heather, if you ever get the urge to visit Hub City Books, you can stay with me. We live about 45 minutes away - I wish we were closer so I could just go hang out there every day.

Amy said...

Sounds like a really great store! Thanks for sharing.

TheBookGirl said...

What a unique place...and the combination of bakery/books can't be beat, as my two favorite things to do are bake and read :)

I also love the idea that they publish selected Southern fiction, a genre I enjoy reading!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I so want to be able to visit Erin's store -- I'm going to have to make the plan to come up and visit! This picture is fabuloso as well!! Go indie bookstores!!

Jenny Girl said...

What a fascinating building and bookstore?! I would love to visit a store like that. Thanks for info and if I am ever in the area I will be sure to stop by.

Sandy Nawrot said...

You are right, Erin did appear to be a realeal pistol. Anybody that can get themselves out of a locked bathroom with dental floss is my kinda girl. I'd love to visit them someday.

Marie said...

what a great-looking bookstore- and that coffeeshop is a huge plus! :-) I love visiting new bookstores when I travel and if I ever end up in the Spartanburg area (not impossible!) I'll check this one out.

Amy said...

This sounds like my ideal book store! I love that it's close to a coffeeshop and bakery, coffee being one of my top beverage choices! I also like the idea that Hub City caters to the upscale reader and knows its customers tatses. There's little better than walking into a bookstore and feeling like you belong their and the staff wants you there. Erin sounds wonderful to.

Thanks for posting about this store. If I ever get to this area of South Carolina, Hub City will be my first stop!

~ Amy

nomadreader (Carrie) said...

Wow! This bookstore sounds wonderful. I'm not one to buy actual books, but I would love to browse there and pick the brains of their staff!

Suko said...

I hadn't heard of Hub City before! It sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon, or two, or three. . . .

Jenners said...

You're making me want to take a trip down to SC!!! It sounds like a really different and unique bookshop. And I believe all book stores should be located near bakeries!

Vasilly said...

Hub City Bookshop sounds like a great place to shop and hang out at! If I'm ever anywhere near it, I'm definitely going to visit!

Lisa said...

What a great store--and what a great friend to make!

Jenny said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit! I wish that I were anywhere near South Carolina and could plan a trip to go book-shopping there. And I love that there's a mysterious Masons' lodge on top of it. Mysteries, mysteries. :p

Literary Feline said...

If ever I make it to South Carolina (Spartanburg in particular), I will definitely stop by Hub City Bookshop. Erin sounds like a wonderful person and I could probably lose myself in her bookstore. Sounds like a great time, Heather!

Nymeth said...

The bookshop sounds wonderful and so unique! It's unlikely I'll ever be in the neighbourhood, but if like ever takes me there I'll keep it in mind :P

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