Here at Baltzersen’s, we are known for celebrating the best of Harrogate’s independent businesses and we’re delighted to welcome a new ‘edition’ to the scene. Local book shop, Imagined Things, owned by published author Georgia Duffy opened in the Westminster Arcade on Parliament Street in July.
We caught up with Georgia to find out more about what inspired her to launch this exciting venture.
How it all started
It’s an unusual route to opening a bookshop but Georgia worked as a radiographer for nearly six years. Passionate about books and reading from an early age, she found the idea of working for herself appealing so decided to make her dream of opening an independent bookshop happen.
“Harrogate’s got strong literary routes and really popular events like the Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival, but we didn’t have an independent bookshop. I found the unit and thought it would be a perfect setting,” says Georgia.
What’s on offer
Imagined Things has a full range of stock covering fiction and non-fiction and lots of books to inspire children and young adults. Georgia enjoys really getting to know her customers and can order in particular books, usually for the next day. It’s a delightful setting in which to browse for your book of choice and the shop offers a selection of lovely gift editions and hardbacks if you are looking for something extra special.
“We hope to become even more established in the community over time so we’re in people’s minds as a great place to come and buy books and see what we can offer.” says Georgia.
Links with the community
In the three months the shop has been open, Georgia has immersed herself in lots of local events, and she plans for this to continue. In early November, Imagined Things was at the Everyman Cinema for an Orient Express Soiree selling gorgeous gift editions of the Agatha Christie classic to coincide with the release of the new film.
Georgia also hosted a book signing event with author Malcolm Hollingdrake, who is best known for the DCI Bennett crime series set in Harrogate. The 6th book is due out next year and Imagined Things will be holding a book launch to celebrate.
“I’m keen to be involved in literary events and festivals, and develop links with local schools. Children living in Harrogate haven’t had an independent book shop to come to – I think we can offer something different,” says Georgia.
Going forward, Georgia is planning to hold more competitions for children like Find Franklin the Bookshop Dragon.
Together with Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House, Imagined Things will be hosting a Cosy Crime Evening on Wednesday, November 29th, with the author of The Dales Detective Series, Julia Chapman. The books are set right on our doorstep and Julia will be reading from the latest in the series, A Date with Malice, before taking questions from the audience and signing books at the end. Book in advance – tickets are available from Imagined Things.