Stepping foot into the Hills & Hamlets Bookshop is like taking in a deep, calming breath. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the shopkeepers couldn’t be friendlier or more knowledgeable. And even though the shop itself is on the smaller side, it’s packed to the brim with books from every genre you can think of including children's books, fantasy, art & architecture, urban planning, cookbooks - and even some rare & vintage finds for collectors. It’s truly something you can’t miss on your next visit.
In this episode, Monica and Steve chat with Hills & Hamlets owner Josh Niesse about getting started in the bookselling business, opening a second location here in Serenbe, and why bookshops are a great ‘indicator species’ for the health of a community.
Josh Niesse and Megan Bell met just after Josh opened Underground Books, a used, rare, and antiquarian bookstore in Carrollton. A day trip to Serenbe turned into the seed of an idea. They started dreaming with enthusiastic residents, discussing the details, and sketching plans, and, with the warm support of the community, opened Hills & Hamlets in September of 2016.