The Yellow Lighted Bookshop

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has been trading in Nailsworth since the Autumn of 2009 (after launching in Tetbury in May 2008). As an independent local bookshop with established and experienced staff we are able to tailor our stock to the tastes and interests of the Nailsworth community, and are fortunate to have gained a loyal and consistent customer base within the Nailsworth area.

During the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic we were able to launch an online book ordering and delivery service, (https://yellowlightedbookshop.co.uk/) which kept us afloat through the lockdown, and has proved such a success that we will keep it going alongside the shops into the future, having recently received orders from as far afield as London, Manchester and even Vancouver, Canada. The shops both re-opened in mid-June 2020, with hand sanitising and mask wearing required from customers, a maximum of four customers or two households in the shop at one time, and rearranged to allow more social distancing.

We are active members of the community, putting on Author events in local venues, such as St George’s Church, the Friends’ Meeting House and recently hosted Dara McAnulty, winner of the Wainwright Prize 2020, outdoors in the adjacent Mortimer Gardens due to Covid restrictions. We also regularly donate funds, eg from our carrier bag sales, to charities such as the Stroud Women’s Refuge, and Help Refugees.

Since the reopening of the Nailsworth shop after lockdown forced a temporary closure we have been delighted to welcome many new customers and support their resolve to Shop Local in future. We have joined in with Nailsworth initiatives such as the “Totally Locally Fiverfest”. We have a very active schools’ supply service, putting on author events in local schools, supplying school libraries and books to support the curriculum, and raised funds to donate a copy of the beautiful “Lost Words” book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris along with teaching support material to every primary school in Gloucestershire.