Founded in 2004, Spellbound Children’s Bookshop was a locally owned independent bookshop specializing in books for babies, kids, and teens in Asheville, North Carolina. Unfortunately, Spellbound’s operations are suspended indefinitely until or unless we can secure affordable rent in an appropriate location sometime in the future.

In October 2018, Spellbound celebrated its 14th year serving families and schools in Western North Carolina.

In Spring 2019, the bookshop was supposed to move into a newly constructed building on Haywood Road after several months of operating without a physical store through pop-up shops, off-site events, school sales, and online sales. However, the owners of that building ran into unexpected expenses, causing not only significant delays in beginning construction but an inability to rent space to the bookshop at the previously agreed upon affordable rate.

There are no bad guys here! The original offer of affordable (i.e. below market rate) rent was made in good faith, and they still very much want to offer a new permanent home to Spellbound. However, the math is not on our side. Given the lack of other viable options, Spellbound Bookshop is suspending operations until an affordable space is found… or a fairy godmother creates one out of a pumpkin.

Authors and sales reps: please do not mail or drop off packages to any previous address for Spellbound Children’s Bookshop. We are not placing any orders for the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you know of an appropriate retail space available for significantly less than $2,000/mo, please send a message via Facebook or Twitter.

When and if there is news, it will be announced here and on Spellbound’s social media. Meanwhile, please support other independent bookstores by visiting them in person and by placing orders online at IndieBound.Org.