Book-eaters will be happy to learn that a new bookstore is about to open on Ontario Street, at the corner of Nicolet, near Place Simon-Valois.
Called Le Renard perché, this bookstore will open in early March. If the offer will be generalist, one of the founders, Mélissa Boudreault, specifies that the establishment will offer a particularly rich collection in children’s books.
“We are going to have everything, but it is sure that we have always worked in youth, we will have a youth specialization. Moreover, we will seek our approval to be able to sell to schools and communities ”.
It must be said that the three founders, Raphaëlle Beauregard, Mélissa Boudreault and Catherine Chiasson, all worked for the Bric bookstore in Brac. The latter two even participated in the launch of it, but they now want to stand on their own feet.
“Catherine and I have been fondling the idea of opening a bookstore for years,” says Boudreault.
This new bookstore will allow them to have a larger space with a storefront directly on Ontario.
One might wonder if opening a bookstore in the midst of a pandemic is not a little risky, but Ms. Boudreault is not worried.
“We think it’s a very good time, because with the pandemic, the book has never been in the spotlight. In all spheres of culture, there are just bookstores that have suffered less from the pandemic. ”
She sets the example of movement Buy local which has been beneficial for independent bookstores.
Not just books
The bookstore is scheduled to open in the first week of March, but the three booksellers are waiting to see if there will be any new health restrictions before announcing an official date. For the occasion, they may think of organizing small groups to visit the bookstore.
All that remains to be confirmed.
“In the bookstore, what we want to do is really a meeting place, a place for discussion, a place for events, such as hours of storytelling and signing sessions.” – Mélissa Boudreault
Activities that they will put in place as soon as the context allows them. A platform will also be built for this purpose.
Mélissa Boudreault is truly convinced that their bookstore meets a need in the neighborhood. She asserts that whenever the SDC Hochelaga-Maisonneuve does surveys on the kind of businesses citizens would like to have, “the bookstore always comes out in the top 2”.