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Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts

 
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Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts is a store split in two sections. The right half of the shop is dedicated to books, music and movies. Although they specialize in literary fiction, and mostly trade paperbacks, they also have smaller History, Poetry, Mystery, Classics, "Older Than Dirt" and Children's book sections. They have a large and very popular "Read Canadian" section and a growing number of first editions and older "rare" books in our display case by the cash register. They now sell and special order new CDs and records and books and hope to be selling state-of-the-art turntables in the near future. At the moment, most of their stock — about 70 percent — is used, but that number will likely fall to about 50 percent as the business grows. They buy, sell and trade quality books, CDs, records and DVDs.

The left side of the shop is the Backbeat Boutique, which features art, handmade journals, appalachian brooms, home decor items, children's clothing and women's handbags — all made by local or regional artisans. A selection of all of these items are sprinkled throughout their hallway.

The store also plays host to the First Edition Reading Series, which has brought some great Canadian writers to town, including Rebecca Rosenblum, Tish Cohen, Diane Schoemperlen and Mike Blouin, to name a few. A list of future readings can be found on the First Edition Reading Series Facebook page.

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