LYME Regis’ long-established, independent bookshop, Serendip, has entered a new chapter in its history, with Kevin and Jayne Ramage from Bristol delighted to have acquired the business at the end of last year.
This couple have a proven track record in book retail and a liking for beautiful locations.
At the other end of the country, in Highland Perthshire, they set up an award-winning bookshop, The Watermill in Aberfeldy, in 2005, where they lived for several years.
Now back to Jayne’s West Country roots, they recently reopened following a full refurbishment carried out during lockdown and having strengthened the shop’s offering of books, focussing more on this rather than gifts and other products.
Kevin said: “We decided to see lockdown, coming so soon after we were handed the keys, as an opportunity, albeit enforced. We have used the time to organise new carpets, lighting and a full repaint, inside and out.
“In the process, given the shop’s new direction, we felt it right to have a new name, so Serendip will be the Lyme Regis Bookshop.
“The key part of refurbishment has been to create more space for books and book displays. Books are our background and passion, both fiction and non-fiction. We are inspired by the town’s literary profile and cultural scientific heritage.
“It has been challenging taking over a shop in the present situation, but we are looking to the future.
“As well as physical changes, we will also be developing the shop’s outreach, with local reading groups and participating in literary events, such as Lyme Crime.
“We want to build an online conversation with our community under lockdown, and beyond. Keeping loyal and new customers ‘in the loop’ with new titles and reviews.
“Above all, we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the bookshop just as soon as we can open again.”
Kevin and Jayne are now looking forward to what is set to be a busy summer, and will be opening seven days a week – 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.