Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri is the recipient of the Bookstore Make-Over Project sponsored by The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates to celebrate their twentieth anniversary serving independent bookstores. Seventeen bookstores from across the U.S. entered the contest.

“Our goal was to select one project that would help illustrate affordable solutions to issues that many bookstores have in common,” noted founder Donna Paz Kaufman. “Left Bank Books provided the perfect combination of opportunities,” she added. In the store’s application, owners Kris Kleindienst and Jarek Steele commented, “Frankly, it’s looking really tired at this point and the layout does not work for us at all anymore.” In addition to their design and merchandising expertise, Paz & Associates will contribute $2,000 for upgrades and materials, with labor provided by the store.

The design group at Paz & Associates will address display windows, the front of store experience, traffic flow throughout the space, focal point displays, signage and promotional messaging, the “Wow” factor for creating word-of-mouth marketing, and event staging. The project has an October 15 completion date. Watch for updates on this blog!