As Carmichael’s neared the end of it’s 37th year as Louisville’s independent bookstore, the tick of our biological clock must have been deafening because we decided…to open a children’s store! Not fifty paces across Longest Avenue sits Carmichael’s Kids, a storefront we opened in August at 1313 Bardstown Road.
It's a project we've been anxious to takcle for several years now, but with no room to expand our existing children's section we had to wait for the right opportunity to come anong--and when a space opened up that we could see from the windows of our Bardstown Road store, we acted quickly. We needed more space for books, more space for all the great eduactional toys and activity kits and, well, just the wide varitey of cool stuff that is out there for kids. And we needed room to spread out, not just our space for books, but for the kids themselves to spread out (there's nothing sweeter than finding a kid nestled in a beanbag chair in our window book nook, reading).
All props for the launch of Carmichael's Kids goes to the awesomeness of Kelly Estep, our Bardstown Road manager, who oversaw all the outfitting and stocking of the store.
There were selfish reasons as well. To make children into readersmeant we would grow aduilt readers. The battle against calling a 140-character text "reading" is ongoing and will grow. But we know that people who read books are morelikely to lead our society in the future, to be more humane and thoughtful and wise. It is something we believe in passionately and hope Carmichael's Kids will help promote.
Each year Michael Boggs, co-owner of Carmichael's Bookstore, takes weeks to compose our Holiday Cataolg for our loyal customers. Those on our mailing list received it last week, those not on the mailing list pick it up in the stores, and if you want to receive it in the future, please sign up for our mailing list at any of our three locations. We hope that these pages will help you find just the right book for that special person on your list. To see the document in full color, simply open the attached PDF titled catalog 2014 and enjoy.
As always, thank you to our dear customers for keeping our lights on, our doors open, and our hearts happy.