In an unusual move for an independent bookshop, Hunting Raven Books of Cheap Street, Frome, expanded its premises in October 2006.

In a bookselling climate largely characterised by caution and trepidation, Hunting Raven rose to the challenge by extending its premises to incorporate the shop next door.  This move was to give greater prominence to its popular children’s section.

Hunting Raven owners, John and Caroline Birkett-Smith, said “We have a loyal customer base here in Frome; people come to us from miles around, and we are always looking for ways in which to develop. 

When the opportunity came to move into next door we felt that this was an opening we couldn’t miss.  We have long felt that our Children’s Bookshop was something of a hidden treasure and this is our chance to give it the prominence it deserves and show parents and children what varied and exciting books we have for young people”

There was minimal disruption but it was anticipated that the changes would be well worth it.  John said, “This is an exciting time for us. We know how important good books are to our customers and we hope that we can offer personal service and advice in a way that a larger shop cannot do.”

The newly refurbished shop was officially opened during November by local children’s author Steve Voake.  After cutting the ribbon and declaring the shop open, Steve gave readings from his books, “Dreamwalker’s Child” and “Web of Fire”, and from his new book “Daisy Dawsdon” due to be published March 2007. 

The day’s events included Lucky Dip tubs, for the charity Book Aid International, competitions for all age groups with vouchers as prizes and Hunting Raven helium balloons for all.

Hunting Raven was closed for just three days from October 23rd to allow for the final stages of fitting-out and reopened on Thursday the 26th. The children’s books now have their own window display and a spacious shop area.

These photos show the “unwrapping” of the brand new
Hunting Raven children’s shop window!