• Parnassus Books, the Nashville bookstore founded in 2011 by author Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes, has, in association with Hudson Group, opened a branch at Nashville International Airport, at the intersection of Concourses A and B. This marks the third expansion for Parnassus. In 2016, the main shop expanded to 5,000 square feet and rolled out its bookmobile, called Parnassus on Wheels.
  • Kirk Ford opened The Christian Store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Aug. 2, filling what he said was a void in the local Christian retail market with the closure of his former employer, Family Christian Stores. Ford’s staff of nine is comprised entirely of former employees of Family Christian Stores.
  • Pat and Bill Carlson’s Lamp Post Christian Bookstore in Coldwater, Michigan is closing. The store will be missed because it provided more than resources, said local pastor Jeff Bream. “It was a central hub for churches to get information to one another and it would bring churches together to support community projects so that Christ could be promoted in our community. Resources can be obtained elsewhere, but the personal touch and the passion for Christ and His church will be sorely missed.”
  • Phil Bujnowski’s Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore in Chicago is set to close in November after 40 years, as the building in which the store has been located has been sold to make way for a mixed-use development. “I really did approach it as a ministry, as a calling,” he said. Bujnowski took a second job as a sacristan at a local church several years ago to help when book sales began to fall, a role he said he’ll continue when he closes his doors for good.

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