Book Co-op to replace beer hall downtown

Sept. 20, 2018

Full Circle Book Co-op literally has come full circle in its search for a location.

Starting Oct. 1, it will sublease Hydra Beer Hall at 125 W. 10th St. Hydra will focus on its brewery at 2425 S. Shirley Ave., move its downtown events there and expand its beer line.

That opened a door for the co-op, which was able to lease the space – the first location the owners had looked at in their search for a home last year.

“We were in the process of putting in an offer when Hydra beat us out,” co-owner Jason Kurtz said. “It was really fun to get into our original idea. The opportunity kind of fell in our laps, and we dug into it and took advantage.”

The store name is Full Circle because the idea is that writers can come in and hone their writing, learn about getting published and ultimately sell their work in the store. It also will carry used books along with a large selection of local and regionally published work.

“Essentially, it is based around a co-op concept where the community participates, and if they volunteer or pay, they will have input in our classes, can use the space for free or at a reduced price and get discounts on merchandise,” Kurtz said.

While members will receive those special benefits, anyone will be able to shop or spend time there.

Kurtz and co-owner Sion Lidster are focused on raising funds to get started.

A Kickstarter campaign launched this week aims to raise $10,000 toward initial expenses. It’s more than 15 percent there with 28 days to go.

Backers receive items ranging from free book tokens to lifetime memberships. To contribute, click here.

The co-op also will include a bar with beer and wine, light-food options and space for events.

A grand opening is set for Nov. 2.

The owners are still working out hours but plan to be open daily.

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Book Co-op to replace beer hall downtown

The Full Circle Book Co-op has found a downtown location.

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