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Sunday, April 18, 2021

The 27-year-old trying to compete with Amazon by opening a bookshop and wine bar under one roof | North London News - My London

If you venture down Highbury's Blackstock Road, you'll notice a unique little independent business called Bookbar.

Chrissy says business has been booming since the first day of opening

As the name suggests, Bookbar is a crossover between a wine bar and bookshop and while this instantly makes the quaint shop stand out from the crowd, so does its origins.

Bookbar, which is the brainchild of 27-year-old Chrissy Ryan, opened its doors for the first time on Monday (April 12) along with other non-essential retail.

Now a young pandemic start-up owner, Chrissy discovered her love of book selling during her part-time job in university, when she worked two days a week in a bookstore...

"One of the most positive aspects for me of lockdown is that the pandemic has created more of an appetite for something like Bookbar", she added.

"I think there was a trend of shopping local before the pandemic, but obviously the fact that we've not been able to leave our local areas has meant that people have been forced to shop local, and I think that trend will continue which is amazing."

Bookbar can be found at 166 Blackstock Road and is open seven days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can also buy from their website here.

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Source: My London