A beloved and iconic bookstore in Hillsboro Village has planned to shut its doors after 20 years.
BookmanBookwoman has been a staple in the neighborhood since 1995 as a store that sold a collection of used and new books and provided free books to children.
The store was founded by attorney Larry Woods and his wife Saralee Terry Woods. It began as a way to sell Larry's more than 40,000 book collection. The store has grown over the years to a collection of 100,000 books.
"It became an excuse for Larry to buy and collect more books, and it has just been so much fun," Saralee said.
Saralee Woods told NewsChannel 5 it was time to start a new chapter, and they've planned to close the brick and mortar by the end of the year.
"I would like to spend more time with my family," Saralee explained. "I missed a lot by owning and running a small business, so it's time for me to do something else."
Although what's next has been unknown, the owners said they're excited.
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The business has been strongly supported by locals and visitors seeking an independent bookstore experience.
The news of the closing has saddened many customers who have found BookmanBookwoman to be a quiet and creative escape.
"Nashville has always felt like a small town in a big city, and it's because of places like this," Bevin Gregory, a loyal customer, said. "It feels like a community here."
As a way to end on a high note, the store will be a holding a big sale before the holiday season to thank the community for the success. All used books will be discounted to half of the current price charged by the store. New books have been set to be 20% off the cover price.
"I'm going to miss being in the heart of Hillsboro Village, my customers, and my co-workers," Saralee added.
Despite the store closing, business will continue online at www.bookmanbookwoman.com.