Scrawl Books Plans Move to Freedom Drive

by Fatimah Waseem January 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm 21 Comments

Scrawl Books, an independent store that opened in late 2015, is turning a page next month.

The store is moving from its pop-up location on 11862 Market Street to 11911 Freedom Drive in mid-February as the building undergoes renovations this year. 

The future site is currently being used as the leasing office for the Signature apartments, a 508-unit residential project with nine levels of underground parking.

“It is a perfect space for Scrawl Books, with room for browsing and our full schedule of author readings, book clubs, and story times,” said Rachel Wood, the bookstore’s owner.

Since November 2016, the bookstore had a pop-up shop on Market Street shared with Truffle Shots and Ella Rue. Over the last year, Scrawl Books sprawled over the entire store, according to Wood. 

A grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Feb. 18.  As the move takes place, the store is open at Urban Pop at Reston Station on weekdays from 4-8 p.m. and on Sundays at ArtInsights (11921 Freedom Drive). Books can also be purchased online.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Wood

  • Great location! Very pleased to have a book store in the Reston Town Center! Way to go Rachel!

    • Why do you bother?

      I hope your check’s in the mail.

      • I like book stores! And I like the RTC! So two for one likes is great!!

        • Why do you bother?

          So, you like being ripped off?

          • Reston Realist

            Wow dude, how about a little support for a small business in our community?

          • Why do you bother?

            Wow, dude, how about some support for the movement to overturn a greedy policy that hurts the entire community?

          • Reston Realist

            of course…. I’ve been railing against BP for well over a year now. Regardless of their antics, we need to support the local business owners, not condemn them.

          • Why do you bother?

            The only way to stop paid parking is to hit BP in the wallet. I feel for the shop owners, but you’re helping BP to hold firm to their greedgrab.

          • The Constitutionalist

            When supporting something good also requires you to support something evil, is it still okay?

          • Why do you bother?


    • 40yearsinreston

      What other comment can be expected from a ‘realtor’

      • With book stores closing around the country Reston should be pleased to have one in the heart of Reston. Change is coming and hope more of it will be positive like getting a real book store. WOW!
        Wade – 60 years in Reston!

        • ArtInsights

          Thanks for the support! It really is appreciated. and to “Why do you Bother” and “The Constitutionalist”: Good luck to the folks who try to avoid “something evil” while supporting something good. Get ready to rid yourselves of your computers, phones, any food not made at your house, eggs, paper, and for that matter, you’ll have to stop reading this site, because they no doubt take advertising revenue from RTC businesses. We small business owners in RTC work very hard and we’ll make it without all you boycott folks (because small business is certainly not for the faint of heart), but IMO it isn’t very community oriented to boycott the small businesses that have made your experience living and playing in and around Reston better lo these many years. You could be supporting small businesses at night and on the weekends. TO “40YEARSINRESTON” we owe you a drink. or a hearty handshake. THANK YOU <3

  • Why do you bother?

    If you consider “perfect spot” to be somewhere that a lot of people are boycotting…

  • Just Curious

    Does anyone proof read the articles on this site before they are published?

    • Just Curious

      Does anyone read the articles on this site before they comment?

    • Amy Sue

      Well, it looks like they have one reporter who’s probably responsible for generating new content every day. This isn’t easy. So, as with many other “journalistic” entities, quality suffers.

      • Greg

        And there are what? One or two original stories a week? The rest are little more than cuts and pastes from press releases.

        No excuses.

        • Amy Sue

          Well, maybe. But being familiar with the journalism business these days, I assume the reporter/editor wears many hats.

          • Mike M

            At one time the person wearing the hats was an experienced adult who knew the area. She generated a significant volume of original material of interest to the readership. It worked really well. If she missed an edit and someone commented. She said. “Thanks,” and fixed it. When I ask myself why do I still visit, it’s because of what was. . . . Also, I need to rehabilitate so many wayward minds.

    • Greg

      Doubtful. And, for the record, it’s “proofread.”

      Lots of us have offered to help proofread and edit, including us, but no one has ever contacted us.


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