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Baker Book House turns page to new-look space
Baker Book House has completed the renovation and expansion of its historic store.
The independent Christian book and music outlet recently finished a 28,166-square-foot upgrade and re-design to the location it has been in for the past 30 years.
A highlight of the work was positioning the retail space more toward the street and moving the warehousing operations to the rear of the store, at 2768 East Paris Ave. SE.
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“The challenge of re-configuring the entire facility — while the business stayed open and operational — was accomplished through the cooperation of the committed staff at Baker Book House and Integrated Architecture,” said John Boonstra, a partner at Orion Construction, which managed the work.
Integrated Architecture designed the project for Baker, which was founded in 1939 by Herman Baker as a seller of used books.
“Everyone maintained a ‘can do’ attitude throughout the project,” Boonstra said.
Baker Book House now also features a café and fireside reading area, a community room, a children’s play area, an information desk and a space where authors can talk about their works, which makes the shop as much of a gathering place as a bookstore.
The bookstore has a neutral color palette to provide a backdrop for the books and merchandise, and spots of red/orange and green are used to create interior landmarks for the information desk and café.
“Baker Book House has a rich history in our community,” said Gina Paul, Integrated Architecture project manager. “Their decision to invest in creating a fresh image, new logo and a vibrant place for the community to gather and enjoy demonstrates a commitment to their customers and staff, as well as a desire to keep the ‘book business’ alive and viable in our city.”