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Cony­ers book­store re-opens in Por­terdale

The Covington News - - News - By Rachel Oswald

Af­ter a brief sum­mer hia­tus, Tat­ter­sall’s (for­merly of Cony­ers) is back in busi­ness at the Por­terdale Mill Lofts.

The pop­u­lar book­store, which op­er­ated in Cony­ers for decades, opened up shop last week. In its new lo­ca­tion, Tat­ter­sall’s at the Mill has scaled back its book col­lec­tion for the time be­ing while its cof­fee shop has been re-em­pha­sized.

“It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent,” said store owner Kim Harper, adding that she sought to bring only the best qual­i­ties of the old Honey Creek Store with her in the move to Por­terdale.

Harper said the de­ci­sion to open Tat­ter­sall’s ahead of her orig­i­nal spring open­ing date was made when a space at the Lofts sud­denly be­came avail­able.

“There just wasn’t any rea­son not to do it,” Harper said.

Long­time Tat­ter­sall’s cus- tomer Lisa Het­zel fol­lowed the store in its move to New­ton County.

“I’m her big­gest fan,” Het­zel said of Harper.

Het­zel went on to com­pare Tat­ter­sall’s to The Shop Around the Cor­ner, the fic­ti­tious chil­dren’s book­store in the Meg Ryan movie “You’ve Got Mail.”

“I want to talk to a per­son that reads,” Het­zel said of why she likes shop­ping at Tat­ter­sall’s. “[Harper] knows her in­ven­tory. She knows her books.”

Harper said she plans to build up her book in­ven­tory over­time with many more books com­ing in next year.

Right now there is a smat­ter­ing of books on dis­play for sale at the shop in­clud­ing books on pol­i­tics, sports and self-help. Mag­a­zines are also for sale.

Cus­tomers can con­tinue to place or­ders for books that Tat­ter­sall’s will place for them. Or­ders are typ­i­cally filled within one or two days Harper said. Harper said she prides her­self on hav­ing a di­verse se­lec­tion of books not found at Tar­get, Wal­Mart or Bor­ders.

“I’ll carry the best­sellers and the Oprah books, but I want you to come in here and see books that you’ve never seen be­fore,” Harper said.

Tat­ter­sall’s will also fea­ture an artist of the month, with new paint­ings from lo­cal artists given dis­play space at the book­store each month.

While the shop is closed on Sun­days, Harper said she plans to be­gin fea­tur­ing spe­cial Sun­day night events for trivia, Scrab­ble and live mu­sic.

The Tat­ter­sall’s cof­fee shop sells cof­fee, smooth­ies, milk­shakes, ap­ple cider and hot chocolate.

Bagels, home­made bis­cotti and baked sweets from Sweet Treats in Cov­ing­ton are also avail­able.

“I just want to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently,” said Harper of her phi­los­o­phy for the new store. “New books are com­ing in ev­ery day.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

Cov­ers and cof­fee: Tat­ter­sall’s at the Mill cus­tomers Glo­ria Deaton, left, Elsie Lester and Rose­mary Breedlove en­joy cof­fee and con­ver­sa­tion to­gether in the newly opened book­store and cof­fee cafe lo­cated at the Por­terdale Mill Lofts Tues­day.

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