We admittedly spend a small fortune on books each year. No matter how busy life gets, a good book will always wiggle its way into our daily routine, at least for a few minutes. Until recently we had only sometimes considered pre-loved books as a viable option, mostly because it actually involved us getting ourselves to a used book store. This year we came across several fabulous used book stores throughout the Fraser Valley, with one particular gem in Chilliwack shining brightly! The Book Man, BC’s second largest used bookstore, has just launched its e-store… how exciting!!!
Sitting down for an interview with Amber Short at The Book Man was like going to visit an old friend. Snuggly chairs, surrounded by great books, a fluffy cat nearby… and a great chat. The Book Man staff are one big happy family, and the moment customers walk into the store, they’re part of the family too! It has such a relaxing atmosphere and the staff are so helpful. Amber began working at The Book Man, started by her father David 19 years ago, when she was just 12 years old. After a bit of traveling and spreading her wings, Amber decided to return to Chilliwack to co-manage the book store with her Dad.
Now that The Book Man is offering online shopping as an option, locals and folks from afar can enjoy the huge selection of literary gems found at their store. Their team does an amazing job of keeping thousands of books in order – the store is super organized and categorized for your convenience. The children’s section of the store is impressive – we experienced some serious nostalgia while looking through the many titles they carry! If you have gently used books that you’d like to trade/sell to The Book Man, check out their trading policies here and find your treasures some new homes.
Gift certificates and gift packs are available this holiday season. What a perfect gift for the book lover on your holiday list! The gift certificates are not yet available online, but that just means you’ll have to go visit Amber and her fabulous team in-store. The Book Man has had some great authors visit the store lately – check out their calendar of events to keep updated on who’s visiting next, as well as their concert series and children’s story times. Coming up next Saturday, December 19th, is Professor Clickety Clunk who will be reading from his fun children’s book series. We’ve met the Professor and he’s a riot – you and your munchkins will love it!
The Book Man is one of those places that reminds us why we adore featuring entrepreneurs in the Fraser Valley. Hardworking, passionate, fun folks doing what they love… it’s inspiring and fabulous. Well done Dave & Amber. Congrats on your new electronic adventure! You’re going to be sending a lot of deliveries to Pulse HQ