Husband and wife Daniel Bradley and Delana Lefevers of Bellevue spent more than a year collecting books so they could open a bookstore. They asked friends and family for books. And by the spring of this year, their house was filled with books.
“Our three children were using them as furniture to sit and play on,” Bradley said.
This fall, the couple opened Chapter Two Books, a bookstore at 409 West Mission Ave. in Olde Towne Bellevue.
“We're a used-book store that focuses on rare and unique books,” Bradley said. “We've acquired quite a few antique books that date back to 1825. We have a nice copy of Tom Sawyer, printed 20 or 30 years ago, but a limited run. We focus on books like that. But we also have “normal readers' copies” of Mark Twain's classic.
The bookstore, which carries a wide selection of fiction and “every category of nonfiction, from history to self-help,” also has a book trade-in program, Bradley said.
The 800-square-foot store, with walls lined with books, also features “a nice leather couch and coffee and tea on a pay-as-you-please basis,” Bradley said.
Book lovers can sink into the couch with a cup of coffee and a pastry or two from Drizzles Bakery, located next door.
Chapter Two Books now carries gift certificates and will offer special deals for Small Business Saturday, which takes place Nov. 30.
Chapter Two Books is open Tuesdays through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to chaptertwobooks.com or facebook.com/chaptertwobookshop.