A customer update from Axminster’s
Archway Bookshop

Summer 2019
SIMON reflects: “Six months ago, I had a good career as a consultant to local government and was very motivated by what I did. Then one day I happened across an ad offering the Archway Bookshop for sale. Suddenly, a long-held dream to run a small independent bookshop was there to be realised. It was a case of now or never. I live (with my pooch Pebbles) in nearby Colyton, but hadn’t been to the shop since I was a boy. The moment I walked through the door and breathed in the atmosphere I was done for! Then I met the staff, and some warm, friendly and loyal customers —  and that was that. Sold!”
WHILE we aim to change little about this beautiful old shop, we have made a few subtle adjustments. They include a new logo and internal signage, and a website designed to add an online presence to the business. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you are so minded.

HERE’S an offer you will love — £5 to spend on books for doing absolutely nothing. It’s our way of celebrating Independent Bookshop Week and saying thank you to all the regulars who have supported us during the past year. Call in at the shop between 15 and 22 June and we will give you a token while stocks last. Register its unique number online and you will receive by e-mail  a £5 National Book Token e-gift card to print and spend. 
The spy who came in from the cold
SO there we were drinking tea on a chilly afternoon in March when who should walk in but ... John le Carre! Regarded by many as the world’s best spy novelist of all time, he (real name David Cornwell) was en route from home in Cornwall to London with his wife, Jane. They bought several books and were totally delightful. What a great honour for a small bookshop!

Please think about buying local ...

IF you can’t make it to the shop, please consider ordering from us and supporting a small local business in a town centre that is struggling. We can source just about any book and generally have it for you in 48 hours. If you can’t collect we can post your books. We also deliver to collection points in some local villages. Just ring 01297 33744 or email to order any book. You will get a personal response.

Sharing a good book

THE Archway is now the proud patron of not one but two book clubs, with one operating in Axminster and another in Colyton. More may follow in the coming months if that is wanted by our loyal customers.
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Secret garden now open

ONE of our early ambitions was to breathe new life into the sadly overgrown little courtyard garden at the back of the shop. Having done so, we are now opening it to customers who would like to sit a while. 

Full story

HERE’S a deal for all of you who like to take a pile of books to the beach or wherever else your holiday takes you this summer. Through June, we are offering 10% off the price of any three books. Just quote ‘summer sizzler’ at the till. 
* New friendships with families who share their love of reading
* Meeting young adults who still love real books
* My 13-year-old daughter, Martha, running the till
* Realising that the customer I was talking to was John le Carre
* Watching my little dog Pebbles charm the customers.

... and finally. A big personal thank you to my staff - Rosemary, Liz and Jane. Without you it would have been a very difficult baptism into bookselling. And thanks also to my family and friends for their support. But my gratitude most especially to the loyal customers who opt for our personal service and choose a local bookshop over the internet. Simon
Copyright © 2019. Archway Bookshop.  All rights reserved. Archway Bookshop is the trading name of Simon Holmes Consultancy Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with company registration number 8414405.

Our mailing address is: Church Street, Axminster, Devon EX13 5AQ
Telephone 01297 33744. email:

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