Photo by Mary Mumbrue

Evanston’s new independent bookstore Bookends & Beginnings opened its doors last week with a celebration of books and reading called “My Top Three.”

“Right off the bat, we want to start a conversation with our customers about what they feel most passionate about reading,” says owner Nina Barrett. “So we’re inviting anyone who comes to the grand opening to share a list of their three favorite books.”

Her husband and business partner Jeff Garrett adds, “We’ll be collecting these lists on an ongoing basis from our staff, from visiting authors, from public personalities, and, of course, from customers, and using them as inspiration for displays and events in the store.”

 The store is located in the former Bookman’s Alley space, behind Saville Flowers, at 1712 Sherman Ave., across from Alley Gallery. In the photo above, Elaine Kemna-Irish of the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, cut the ribbon with owners Nina Barrett and Jeff Garrett.     
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