Candice Huber will tell you herself that she's a nerd, and at the end of August, she'll open a bookstore that caters to others like her. Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop
, named for Huber's grandparents, will specialize in sci-fi, fantasy, crime, mystery and children's books, but will also feature the latest board games and host game nights where other self-proclaimed nerds can socialize.
"I'm trying to build the nerd Mecca for New Orleans," Huber says. The shop will be located at 631 N. Carrollton Ave., just two doors down from The Bean Gallery
. Huber hopes people will stop in for a coffee, then walk down the street to make use of a second-story reading room at the bookstore, complete with comfortable furniture and free wi-fi.
About 60 percent of the store's inventory will include genre fiction, popular fiction, and a selection of books by local authors, and the rest will be games and other "nerd stuff."
As for whether she's gotten a lot of blank stares when she's said she's opening a bookstore, Huber, the brain behind the local literary blog Fleur de Lit
, says there have been some, but she's not worried about the health of a local retail operation like hers. "Independent retailers, especially bookstores, are seeing a renaissance right now, with all the problems with Amazon and the big box stores closing," she says. "People want convenience and they want personal service."
Huber will also sell e-books in her store. The book shop is named for Huber's grandparents, who grew up in the shops' neighborhood on Toulouse Street. When her grandmother began to lose her vision, Huber read to her, and the two shared a love of reading. The store's grand opening will be held in November, right around Huber's grandfather's birthday.