DUMBO's powerHouse Books to Open Park Slope Store

By Leslie Albrecht on August 28, 2012 8:09am 

PARK SLOPE — DUMBO's combination bookstore and gallery space powerHouse Arena is opening a Park Slope outpost this fall.

Already known to literature lovers for its airy store at 37 Main St. in DUMBO, powerHouse will open a smaller scale version on Eighth Avenue between 11th and 12th streets in September or October, said Daniel Power, founder of powerHouse Books, the publishing company that's headquartered at the Arena.

"We've been a publishing company for 17 years, and a gallery and event space in one form or another for eight years, so creating a space that unites books and their ideas and for people wanting to immerse themselves in this atmosphere is what we think we have a knack for," Power, who's traveling abroad, said in an email interview.

Like the DUMBO store, PowerHouse's Park Slope location will "feature a carefully curated selection of book titles and other interesting things that would appeal to a person wanting to own books," Power said.

The Park Slope branch of powerHouse will stock more kids and young adult titles, and a wider variety of adult non-fiction, including more cookbooks, Power said. Like its DUMBO counterpart the space will also host public events such as art openings and book signings. The store may also sell coffee, candy and "other items one might find in a general store," according to its website.

Power and his wife Susanne König, the Arena's book buyer and director, live in the South Slope and are the parents of a fifth grader at P.S. 107, which is just a block from the new store. Power said the store could host fundraising events for the school or help the school out by ordering books for classes.

Power says the new bookstore will serve as a "one-stop shop for intelligent people with kids and or little time to travel west to DUMBO, and add a wee bit of pizzazz to Eighth Avenue."

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