Small Business Spotlight: Evanston’s Main-Dempster Mile Welcomes New Book Stores

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All of your favorite books and records have new homes in Evanston – regardless of your age or reading level.

The online age may also have its roots firmly planted along the Main-Dempster Mile, but Squeezebox owner Tim Peterson and Booked owner Chelsea Elward value the local neighborhood shopping experience above all else.

Both shops opened recently along the Main-Dempster Mile, offering exciting new options for local book lovers.

Squeezebox Books & Music

Located at 743 Main Street in Evanston, the independently owned book and record store held its grand opening party last month. In business since 2011, Squeezebox triples its size with its latest move to the area.

“In today’s era of high tech, high touch can be a welcome relief,” read a press release promoting the business’ opening. The boutique-style used book and music store offers a creatively curated collection of books, CDs, DVDs and records.

“The joy of discovery is what makes this business so fun,” Peterson said. “By culling the unique, the curious and the classics, Squeezebox offers an ever-changing shopping experience.”

And there is something for everyone.

“Every bag or box that comes through the door holds a treasure,” Peterson added.

The area’s newest addition to its shopping scene will participate in Sip ‘n Shop events from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays with other participating stores along Main Street. The shop will also offer 20 percent off on Thursdays and plans to host a Record Store Day Black Friday with limited edition new releases on Friday, Nov. 23.

Open daily from noon to 7 p.m., Peterson said the new hot spot seeks to bring back the experience of the old-school independent book and record store.

It offers newly released vinyl, reissues and used records, as well as an eclectic selection of quality secondhand books, including signed first editions and hard-to-find titles.

Booked: A Bookstore for Youthful Readers

Elsewhere along The Mile is a fun, new, local hot spot for the neighborhood’s younger readers.

Located at 503 Main Street, Booked offers local youthful readers the chance to learn about a variety of places, cultures, religious, gender identity, and races.

By opening Booked, Elward seeks to provide an environment that gets “kids (get) excited about picking out a book because it’s an adventure to read and to learn something new,” the web site reads.

“I’m promoting literacy, kindness, and fun in Booked and will match young readers with books that will instill a love for reading,” Elward said, on the business’ web site. “My bookshop combines my affection for books and my experience as a parent and elementary educator.”

Both of book shops bring something unique to area, according to Katherin Gotsick, executive director of The Main-Dempster Mile.

“The Main-Dempster Mile is thrilled to welcome one brand new bookstore and see another local bookstore relocate to Main Street and triple in size,” Gotsick said. “We expect that these businesses will do really well in a neighborhood that values literacy, imagination, and shopping small.”

At The Main, we strive to support the small businesses along the Main-Dempster Mile, as well as others in Evanston.

We appreciate how unique a community we live in, and are so appreciative of small businesses that help our area be what it is: a great place to live.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, call (847) 450-0115 or visit us online.


WHAT: Squeezbox Books and Music

WHERE: 743 Main Street, Evanston

WHEN: noon to 7 p.m. daily

CONTACT: (847) 943-9309

WHAT: Booked

WHERE: 506 Main Street, Evanston

WHEN: 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

CONTACT: (847) 701-5707

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