Belmont Books


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Belmont Books is an honest to goodness real mom-and-pop brick-and-mortar bookstore in beautiful Belmont, MA. We'll be opening our doors in March, 2017 and we hope most of you will come visit us then.

Why would we open a new bookstore in the age of Kindles, Kobos, iPads and eBooks? Because:

Every town needs one;
People still love to browse real books on real shelves;
Traditional bookstores provide far more help, expertise and personal service than online ones;
Studies have shown that readers retain far more information with physical books than with ebooks;
Small town stores aren't just places to buy things you could easily get online. They're centers where people come together in the most impromptu, unorganized fashion and exchange views, ideas, stories, make new friends and find support they didn't know existed.
Real bookstores often come with coffee shops. Try getting that on-line.

Belmont Books is owned by Kathy Crowley (mom) and Chris Abouzeid (pop). Both of us have fond memories of going to the local bookstore when we were young, feeling the excitement of being allowed to pick out one (maybe even two or three) books, racing home to read whatever new Roald Dahl or Judy Blume or Lloyd Alexander title we’d found.

Later, as adults living in Cambridge and Somerville, we were blessed to be in an area full of great bookstores: Harvard Bookstore, Brookline Booksmith, Wordsworth, Newtonville Books and–most especially–Porter Square Books. (Rumors that Porter Square Books employees kept track of their shifts by “Before Chris came in” and “After Chris came in” are greatly exaggerated.)

Sadly, when we moved to Belmont, the local bookstore had closed only a year or two before. (The giant parent company that owned it didn’t feel it fit with their business model–a decision they probably regret now.) For months, every time we walked through our town center, we would look at the banks and restaurants, gift shops, ice cream parlor, and say to each other, “There should be a bookstore here.” So we finally decided to make it happen.

It’s been a long road to reach this point, but with any luck, we’ll be open for business sometime in early 2017. In the meantime, you can shop here on our website.

Hope to see you in 2017!
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