FOND DU LAKE – Cooler temperatures provide opportunities for pleasant evenings of reading – just in time for a new permanent bookstore downtown.
After a handful of soft openings at the Farmers Market, Lunar & Lake Book Market opened Tuesday at 74 S. Main St., stocked with books, toys and book-related gifts. A grand opening event will follow later in October.
Earlier this year, owner Margaux Mich participated in the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership’s Pop-Up Fond du Lac program, opening the Library in July.
This new store will feature a larger selection of books across all genres, as well as more toys and gifts, including candles, mugs and bookmarks.
More books and new releases are constantly being added, Mich said. The collection may be smaller than a bigger-name bookstore, but this local business will only continue to grow, she said. If someone can’t find the book they want, they can order it.
Additionally, some of the freebies will be Mich’s own elastic bookmarks — also known as “art marks” — from her online store and Etsy, Book Art Bookmarks.
Off the main area there is a children’s bedroom with decorations inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden”, with plastic vines and flowers creating a “living wall”. There is also a window display so parents can browse the store and keep an eye on their children.
The name “Lunar & Lake Book Market” comes from Mich’s love for nature that stems from Fond du Lac, and one of her favorite pastimes with her husband and children: gazing at the moon over the lake. Winnebago.
“I really wanted to tie a piece of Fond du Lac,” she said.
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For the holiday season, the boutique will offer a host of gifts to add to the shopping options of downtown Fond du Lac.
Once it is safe to have gatherings after the COVID-19 pandemic, Mich will set up book clubs for children and adults, and hopes to provide refreshments such as snacks and wine as appropriate. applicable.
The store will also feature local authors.
Even before the store opened, community members expressed their enthusiasm for the store on their Facebook page and in local Facebook groups.
“We had such an outpouring of love and support,” Mich said. “We would really like to be a joy for Fond du Lac.”
Lunar & Lake Book Market will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Contact Daphne Lemke at 920-907-7968 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @daphlemke.