New Bookshop Coming to the Short North This Fall
At 841 N. High St., a vacant space sat empty for just a second before Dan Brewster, a software engineer from northeast Ohio, swiped up the lease. For years, the space housed a Whit’s Frozen Custard before it became a short-lived deli, and now, a Prologue Bookshop.
Brewster’s former career path as a software engineer took him to San Fransisco after college. The city is what inspired his interest in opening a bookstore in Ohio; walking into the bookstores in California gave him a feeling he had never experienced before. So when he transitioned back to Ohio, he felt the need to bring that atmosphere back with him.
“I found that Columbus actually didn’t have nearly as many independent bookstores as a lot of the neighboring cities do,” says Brewster. “[It] was a really great opportunity here to open a bookstore. And I’m not the only one person who has discovered that recently, in the last couple years.” With the additions of Gramercy Books in Bexley and Two Dollar Radio HQ on Parsons Avenue, independent bookstores and shops are making headway in town, he says. “Hopefully I can keep that tradition going of bringing great independent bookstores to Columbus.”
Prologue Bookshop is tentatively expected to open this October. Currently, the shop is in the construction phase as the 1,100 square foot building is made to fit the “mold of a traditional bookstore,” meaning the focus will be on books, as well as events centered around authors and publishers, rather than doubling as a coffee shop or lounge. The shop will also have small gift items like toys and games.
Brewster hopes it will be an appealing place for Short North residents and visitors to hang out and browse for something that “reaches to them,” with the safe atmosphere he felt back in San Francisco.
“What I’m really hoping for is that this brings a unique experience, a unique shopping destination for people when they’re already in the Short North,” Brewster says. “That deep breath you can take when you walk through the door of a bookstore and you can just go, ‘Ah.’ It’s a comforting place, it’s a welcoming place, it’s somewhere that people really can feel like they’ve just stepped out of their busy lives.”
To stay up to date with Prologue Bookshop’s opening and other updates, visit prologuebookshop.com.