Today: Reston is Getting a Bookstore

by Karen Goff November 23, 2015 at 10:30 am 11 Comments

scrawl books/Credit: Scrawl Books via FacebookReston has been without a bookstore dedicated to new books since Barnes & Noble closed its doors in early 2013.

As of today, Reston has a bookstore again. Scrawl Books, an independently owned shop, opens Monday at Reston Station’s Urban Pop pop up stores.

Reston resident Rachel Wood, a longtime library employee, has been working on the Scrawl Books project for more than a year.

“We have had [books] coming in the last month or so, and I will have daily restocking from my vendors,” said Wood. She said the store will be at Urban Pop “until we are ready to go somewhere else.” She is still looking for longterm — and bigger — space.

Urban Pop is a row of small (about 100 square foot) retail spaces that Comstock is opening — starting today — on the Reston Station plaza. The stores will be a “curated mix of shops and artisans “that would be of benefit to commuters,” said Comstock spokeswoman Maggie Parker.

Scrawl Books will be open 3-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Wood said Scrawl will hold a “petite” grand opening on Saturday (which is also Small Business Saturday). There will be readings/book signings with Leesburg author Maria Gianferrari (Penny & Jelly: The School Show) at 11 a.m. and Retson author Terry Catasús Jennings (Sounds of the Savannah) at noon. There will also be food from Greenfare in Herndon. Visit Scrawl Books’ website for more information.

  • meh

    So this is an amazon show room?

    • Ming the Merciless

      So was Barnes and Noble for the last years of its existence. (“Hey, this looks good… wonder if it is cheaper online… yes it is.”)

      • meh

        Whenever I go shopping I just scan the UPC code and it pulls up the item on Amazon and I look at the price. I have Amazon Prime, so if the price is cheaper (and it is 95% of the time) and I don’t need it that very minute (normally don’t) I just buy it with my phone and put the item back.

        • Michelle

          That’s a great way to support your local community.

          • JoeInReston

            And now we are stuck with the Container store

          • Arielle in NoVA

            Yeah 😛

        • Mike Snow


          If you jokers keep using retail stores to evaluate which product is the best for you to e-order, guess what happens next?

          I am still in mourning over the loss of B&N. I used to get so annoyed watching you showroomers using your iphones to order up books right in the aisle you had been browsing in for 30 minutes to find just the right book. And for what, to save yourselves at most $10? Like I said, brill!

          Here’s a simple rule. If you were not going to order it online before you entered the store, and you decided to buy it while you were AT the store, then you should buy it FROM store.

          And you’re a fool of you don’t think Amazon is going to raise their prices whenever and wherever they can.

          Finally, I know you’re paying consumer’s use tax (5%) on those internet purchases as required by state law, right?

      • JoeInReston

        Heck, Barnes and Noble online was cheaper than the Barnes and Noble book store. You pay for the convenience.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Since Lake Anne already has a great used book store, they should look south of 267 for their larger longterm space. Try Hunters Woods. Maybe Worldgate. I don’t think there are any spots open at Fox Mill or South Lakes, although South Lakes would have lots of high-schoolers stopping by after school.

    • renter

      Hunters Woods? Do you want them to make a profit, or just get robbed daily?

  • Kara Laughlin

    Well, as an author and a voracious reader, I’m excited to have an independent book store within driving distance. I want to hear from someone who knows the industry what’s new and exciting. Used bookstores are fine, but not where I go to find new poets or a quirky new read-aloud novel for my kids. I don’t care how many reviews a book has on Amazon, I’m going to buy from a professional that I’ve developed a relationship with every time. Amazon showroom, my foot. Can’t wait to check out Scrawl!


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