In October, the Davis-Kidd Booksellers store
in Nashville, Tenn., is moving three blocks to larger quarters in the
Mall at Green Hills, where it was located for a time, but in different
space, some 15 years ago.
The site, which is new construction, is nearly 30,000 square feet,
almost 8,000 square feet larger than the current location. All parts
of the store will have more space since "we've pretty much crammed
everything we can into the building we have," marketing manager Ginger
Knight told Shelf Awareness
. "The added space will be most
in the music department and kids' department." (Although music sales
have been off key at most retailers, at Davis-Kidd music is "doing
really well," Knight said. Among the reasons: it's
Nashville, a music center; the store has an emphasis on local music; and there is no music
The new Davis-Kidd will also feature some touches common to the newer
stores in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Charlotte, N.C., operated by parent company Joseph-Beth, including a fireplace
The timing of the move has a striking symmetry. The current Nashville Davis-Kidd closes October 24, and the new store opens
the 29th, exactly 25 years and a day after the store's founding.
In other Joseph-Beth news, the company has joined with AuthorHouse,
which specializes in self-published authors, to create a program to
help local writers become published. Called Fresh Voices in
Print, the program will provide Joseph-Beth Publishing Packages that
offer book design, advance copies, five copies displayed in the
Joseph-Beth or Davis-Kidd closest to the author and in-store signings.
Books will be
displayed for at least eight weeks in the store.
Joseph-Beth has regularly offered seminars dealing with writing and getting published. AuthorHouse
Bloomington, Ind., offers aspiring authors a basic publishing plan for $899 that
includes the Joseph-Beth program, design and printing services, distribution through Ingram,
availability at Amazon and B&N.com and two advance copies of the