Banbury bookshop still going strong after ten years

Samantha Barnes of Books and Ink, Banbury. NNL-151020-152805009
Samantha Barnes of Books and Ink, Banbury. NNL-151020-152805009

An independent bookshop in Banbury is planning a day of celebrations to mark ten years of trading with a community event on Halloween.

Samantha Barnes of Books and Ink in White Lion Walk is putting on a day of special offers and live music from four-piece band Kastaphor on Saturday, October 31.

The band will be handing out raffle tickets for a prize draw to be made at 3.30pm and to also celebrate the shops milestone, all purchases from the shop will have a ten per cent discount.

Sam said: “It’s been a wonderful first ten years, Banbury is a great town of booklovers. The shop’s developed a lot over the years – we’ve built up a specialisation in children’s books; I’m really proud of the big range we have now.

It’s wonderful to see children discovering the joy of reading and adults too being reunited with collectable copies of some of their old childhood favourites.”

The shop has many customers from around the country who pop in whenever they’re passing. They also have international customers who order from as far afield as New Zealand and Peru.

Sam won a grant from crime writer James Patterson for a new shop sign, which has been designed and created in Banbury by Senecio. The shop has also been active in the local community by supporting literary festivals and holding book sales for a charity providing help to schools in Sierra Leone.

Sam added: “Saturday will be all about a day to celebrate the shop’s 10th birthday, a thank you to all of our loyal customers and a hello to new customers who are discovering us for the first time.”


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