Closure of Books of Buderim December 4, 2018 – Posted in: Blog
Books of Buderim to close
The locally run independent bookshop “Books of Buderim”, will close on 24 December 2018 Owner Fiona Blond explains ‘It’s been an increasing struggle over the last few years with slowly declining sales and increasing costs. It’s been a very hard decision to make as the growth of a community around the bookshop was so important to me. With the lease due for renewal, the changes to the face of Buderim shopping and the increase in online retail shopping we have been forced to evaluate how things were going, and if this is likely to change in the future. In the end, I decided it was time to bring to an end the bookshop dream.’
Books of Buderim has been operating in Buderim since 1967, with the aim of providing something for everyone in books and recently gifts and stationery. Our book buying philosophy was about providing a varied range that all walks of life and all ages could find a treasure or two. This extended to staff who have never failed to hunt down in store and through our databases the right book for the right person. We warmly offered free gift wrapping, and taking book orders without a deposit, knowing our customers would also return to collect their chosen book. The music of local Radio station 104.9FM has been sung to and enjoyed by all our customers, which we are so grateful for their contribution to our wonderful shopping experience.
My passion was for author events in store and in conjunction with schools and the council. They have offered the bookshop and me personally some of the most memorable discussions and presentations. We have been extremely lucky to have author events in our store including Lynette Noni, Jessica Townsend, Peter Phelps and many more, providing queues and crowds that at times snaked its way down Burnett Street. It’s also been a wonderful place to offer local authors the opportunity to launch their books and their writing career to family and friends. Through these events, we have met and taken part in some fun and also spiritually alive events.
As part of the Books of Buderim’s closure, the Classics Bookclub will also come to an end. I am very proud of our wonderful Classic’s book club, that has brought the community of Books of Buderim together on a monthly basis for connection. Discussion and following on with coffee and a chat at one of the local coffee shops. For some of our club members, this is the first people they have made friends within Buderim. Kay Nixon, one of my treasured staff members always made everyone feel welcome and provided a place to offer their valued opinions. I really hope they find a way to stay together.
Community Interaction has been integral to Books of Buderim’s business. We have supported local causes such as Gardens of Buderim Festival, Readers Cup, Reading Hour, Voices on the Coast, Imagineers and School and Kindy fundraising raffles. Also, the theatre has been enjoyed amongst our bookshelves. We have had students of Bytes, Buderim Youth Theatre, presenting Speech and Drama pieces to friends and family, and we have been very lucky to be able to offer our location to the Anywhere Theatre festival to stage “The Likely Story” play amongst our bookshelves. Our customers may remember the book arch that has adorned our entrance for the last six months. It was recently relocated to Palmwoods Gardens but will never be forgotten. This was part of the wonderful world of books that were created by the Sunshine Coast Theatre Company.
Books of Buderim will continue trading until 24 December, with long-standing staff members Kay, Tamran, and students Anya and Erin and myself able to offer advice and recommendations for your reading interests. We’d also love to hear about books you have loved from your purchases at the Bookshop.
I didn’t intend for this bookshop legacy to end, I’d really hoped we would continue serving the community for many more years. But our time has come to close our doors.
We will be celebrating our long history and plan to close the doors with a gathering of all those that would love to share the legacy of the bookshop with us. Please come along after 2 pm on Monday 24 December to celebrate.