A Leesburg writer plans to open a new concept bookstore in downtown Leesburg at 7 East Market Street across from the courthouse this summer.
Beverly Ingle will officially open Bespoke Books and Archives on July 1st, selling a mixed selection of new, used, vintage and antiquarian books.
“Words, books and language are a big part of my life,” said Ingle.
“My mother was a reading teacher and I’ve always loved books. It’s special to have your own personal library, ”she said.
Ingle said owning a business is a new adventure for her and compares it to owning a library shared with others.
“I love holding a physical book,” she said. “I want to create the feeling for others that I had in a tiny bookstore in Paris. In 1891 one of my daughters discovered a leather-bound volume of the serial version of the Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas – one of my favorite novels. “
Ingle will stock hard-to-find books on subjects like history, cooking, entertainment, theology, philosophy, biographies, and adult and children’s literature.
It will also offer services such as custom search for private collections and libraries as a service in the bookstore. It also offers archive management and digitization.
The archival aspect of bespoke books and archives was born out of Ingle’s passion for preserving information, especially family stories and memories.
“My goal is for book lovers, history buffs and curious collectors to feel like they have found a treasure,” she said.
Though she was recently transplanted from Texas, Ingle said she feels very at home in Northern Virginia and Leesburg in particular.
“I have a War of Independence ancestor who was born in Loudoun County,” she said. “I feel like I’ve returned to my ancestral roots.”
Shop opening times are Thursday to Saturday 1pm to 6pm and Sunday to Wednesday by appointment on 703-223-6954