A Leesburg author plans to open a bookstore with a new concept in downtown Leesburg at 7 East Market Street across from the Courthouse this summer.
Beverly Ingle will officially open Bespoke Books and Archives on July 1, selling a hybrid selection of new, used, vintage and antiquarian books.
“Words, books and language are a huge part of my life," Ingle said.
"My mom was a reading teacher and I have always loved books. There is something special about having your own personal library,” she said.
Ingle said owning a business is a new adventure for her and compares it to owning a library that's shared with others.
“There's something about holding a physical book that I love,” she said. “I want to create for others the feeling I had in a tiny bookshop in Paris. One of my daughters discovered an 1891 leather-bound volume of the serialized version of Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo — one of my favorite novels.”
Ingle will stock hard-to-find books on topics such as history, cooking, entertaining, theology, philosophy, biographies, as well as adult and children's fiction.
She will also provide services such as custom searches for private collections and libraries as a service at the bookstore. She also offers archives management and digitization.
The archival aspect of Bespoke Books and Archives was born out of Ingle’s passion for preserving information, especially family stories and memories.
“My goal is for book lovers, history buffs and curious collectors to feel like they found treasure,” she said.
Although she’s a recent transplant from Texas, Ingle said she feels very much at home in Northern Virginia and Leesburg, in particular.
“I have a Revolutionary War ancestor who was born in Loudoun County," she said. "I feel like I’ve returned to my ancestral roots."
Store hours are Thursday through Saturday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday to Wednesday by appointment by calling 703-223-6954.