After a long drought, a new bookstore, albeit one that sells rare and old books, will be opening in the Upper Perkiomen Valley this Saturday, July 16, 2016.
Naturally, I couldn’t resist stopping by, as soon as I heard the news, and had a brief, but very friendly, conversation with the owner David Bishop, who was busy still moving boxes of books into the store. I was invited to take a look inside the place (see photos below), and saw not just books, but vintage maps, magazines, sheet music, newspapers, postcards, and other ephemera – a true treasure house.
You can take your first look inside the store between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. this Saturday. I spotted books for all ages, at all prices. (I couldn’t resist buying a paperback copy of The Federalist Papers for one dollar – my obsession with Hamilton has yet to fade.) Book subjects range from classic fiction to Hardy Boys, gardening to nature books to folk art, biography to politics to science.
And then there are the nostalgic and interesting vintage newspapers, playbills, music scores, and more that I just didn’t have time to catalog or look at very closely – I am planning on devoting some serious time there one afternoon this summer.
Regular store hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Bishop’s Olde and Rare Books is located at 716 Gravel Pike (Route 29), East Greenville, PA (not far past Goodyz and the Railroad Bridge).
A grand opening is being planned but the date has yet to be announced.