The Bristol branch of Foyles is first up in our bookshop of the month selections for 2015. Throughout 2015 the eyes of the world will be on Bristol as European Green Capital, so we asked Darren, manager at Foyles in Bristol, to give us a flavour of what we might expect from Bristol's Foyles branch this year.
Going Green? Bristol has been named European Green Capital for 2015 – will your shop be reflecting this in events or special displays in 2015?
We regularly work with the Bristol Festival of Ideas, who will be doing a lot with The European Green Capital events. I am sure we will be hosting a wide range of author events here in-store and are likely to theme some of the books we will present to our customers through our window displays and our wide selections of offerings in store.
Foyles as a chain has been steadily growing in recent years – what’s special about Foyles in general, and the Bristol shop in particular?
To the Bristol branch we try to bring what is unique about Foyles – going the extra mile to find the most interesting books to our customers attention – while at the same time remaining firmly grounded in the Bristol community. We take great pride in our extensive children’s area and are dedicated to encouraging children and teenagers to enjoy reading. Foyles has been in existence since 1903 and with good reason – we are enthusiastic, passionate and very dedicated to making the finest books available to our customers.
This shop is also home to a café, overlooking Quakers Friars. If you could take a reading break later, what book would you choose, and what would be the perfect coffee/cake accompaniment?
For my reading break I would either take the new book of Christopher Le Brun’s latest abstract paintings, they have the intensity of Turner’s late works and the abstract power of Clifford Still and have a complete sense of emerging from the tradition of painting. Or Ever Yours: The Essential letters of Vincent Van Gogh a beautiful book which demonstrates the creative power of Van Gogh as a writer as well as an artist.
Our coffee beans are supplied by the brilliant Bristol roastery Extract, so I would pick a latte. We try to make the milk a velvet sensation to complement the subtle yet rich flavor of their perfectly roasted beans. Also I’d probably have a muffin.
Dream customer? If you could choose anyone to walk through the door now, who would it be – author/celebrity/big spender – and do you have any notable browsers (that you can tell us about!)?
Our dream customer is anyone who is willing to share their and our passion for books and ideas. Every customer who shows enthusiasm about reading, young or old, is a dream customer to us.
Sneak previews? What can we look forward to at Foyles Bristol to cheer up the winter months of this New Year?
In the New Year you can look forward to more of what we are famous for – dedicated customer service and strong product knowledge, as we strive to discover the most diverse and interesting books to present to our customers. Also, delicious cups of tea and coffee.
Yale Rep with Darren Tanner, manager, Foyles Bristol branch.