Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena and bookstore will launch a second brick-and-mortar store in Park Slope. According to The Brooklyn Paper, the Eighth Avenue shop will open in October, filling a space that used to hold a video rental shop.
To help differentiate between the two stores, powerHouse plans to load the shelves at the Park Slope location with more YA, living, style, cooking, and decorating books. However, Park Slope will mimic the original DUMBO location with a children’s section and kid-friendly events.
Here’s more from the article: “The arrival of powerHouse won’t be quite as significant as the discovery of the printing press, however any new bookstore is a big deal for lit-lovers in the neighborhood, which once boasted four booksellers on Seventh Avenue alone, but now has just two. Barnes and Noble’s debut, coupled with rising rents and the advent of the e-book, forced many of the community’s book peddlers out of the neighborhood or out of business — leading some to claim that Park Slope had lost its crown as Brooklyn’s marquee literary neighborhood.” (via Publishers Weekly)