Smith’s Alternative Bookstore is closing it’s doors for the next three weeks or so in order to complete its metamorphosis into Smith’s Alternative. No Bookshop. Except it still will be a a bookshop.
Jorian Gardner and Domenic Mico, the minds behind the gone-but-not-forgotten Multicultural Fringe Festival have taken the reins of Smith’s Alternative They are closing the doors for a bit to begin the process of gutting and rebuilding Smith’s with an eye to making it a more dedicated theatre/event space.
The book store will still run, albeit with a smaller selection. The store will now have a stronger focus on being a venue. Jorian has said that he hasn’t released a program yet, but did promise regular comedy, poetry, music, and burlesque nights. The always fabulous April’s Caravan will also be selling its wares there.
While it’s sad to think that most of those lovely books will be disappearing this done make sense. It occurs to me that I’ve never actually bought a book from Smith’s, but I have been to a great number of wonderful arts events and drunk quite a few beers there. Jorian and Domenic seem to be changing Smith’s to better fit what it has already become, a great place to see a show and share a drink in the afternoon, and maybe buy a book.
The store is set to re-open in the last week of April. I’ll see you guys there.