Vancouver’s first bookstore, the Uvu bookstore, is on the brink of shutting its doors.
The bookstore is one of four stores in the Greater Vancouver area and has been in business since 2009.
Owner Michael Wieckman has been running the business for more than 10 years and says the recession hit hard, but that he still has a lot of faith in the community.
“There’s been a lot going on in the world and in the country and Vancouver has been one of the main drivers of change and growth in the city.
So we just feel like we can’t just shut down because of this,” he said.
Wieck, who runs the business out of a former hardware store on King Street, has been selling books for nearly 10 years.
“We’ve had some really tough times, especially during the recession.
So it’s kind of been kind of hard,” he explained.
The shelves of the store have been filled with books, and books have been donated to the store, he said, as well as a book from the bookshop’s founder, Stephen Hays.
“Stephen Hays donated a few books to the bookstore that were just too small to have been on the shelves,” he added.
But it wasn’t just books, there were also local artists, children’s books, music, a couple of CDs, a video game and even a book on the history of the Vancouver Canucks.
“Our goal is to keep doing this because we know there are a lot more people who need to have access to books in their communities,” he told CBC News.
Hays said he believes the bookstores success is due to the community and the hard work of the staff.
“This community is really important.
They are a great resource for many reasons,” he noted.”
They are a really supportive community, and they really care about their neighbours, and so we want to make sure that we are always going to provide a positive resource for their community.”
The community of about 200 people has donated about 1,000 books, he added, and the shop also has a library of about 20,000.
“That is one big reason why we’re here,” he concluded.