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Used book store to start its story on Oct. 8

Anna and Andy Smith recently announced the October date as the opening day of Garden Party Books at 602 Seventh St. NW. It is located in the former home of Dwell Local, near the Smiths’ other business, Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse, at 619 Sixth Ave. NW.

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On Oct. 8, a new chapter will start in Rochester’s Cooke Park Design District with the opening of the newest Med City used bookstore.

Rochester entrepreneurs Anna and Andy Smith recently announced the October date as the opening day of Garden Party Books at 602 Seventh St. NW.

It's located in the former home of Dwell Local , near the Smiths’ other business, Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse, at 619 Sixth Ave. NW.

The Smiths envision the used bookstore as a place to build a Rochester literary community.

They hope to host book release parties, author events, book clubs, storytimes, and crafting sessions at Garden Party. There will also be space for people to work and drink Gray Duck coffee at the bookshop.

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“Books are definitely something that we love. After Dwell Local closed, we thought that the neighborhood was lacking something… We tried to recruit others to the Dwell Local space,” stated Andy Smith earlier this summer. “Then we thought, ‘Why don’t we do something?’ We thought books were a natural fit, so we took the leap.”

A bookstore seems to be a fitting companion business to the Smiths’ more than two year-old microcinema and coffee shop. Anna Smith has also worked for the Rochester Public Library and Andy Smith has a YouTube channel where he talks about fantasy books.

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