BIZNOTE: Paper Boat Booksellers finds a home for their West Seattle bookstore

You might have met the West Seattleites behind Paper Boat Booksellers during their Independent Booksellers Day pop-up at Alair last month. Now they’ve found a home of their own! Tipsters pointed out (thank you!) the sign that’s now up at the ex-Experimac storefront in north Morgan Junction (6040 California SW), and co-proprietor Desirae Judy confirms to WSB that she and husband/business partner Eric Judy have signed a lease. In an earlier exchange, when they were still space-hunting, they told us, “We are book lovers and believe that an independent bookstore can thrive in our community – it is not only a place to indulge in the love of reading, but also a place to meet your neighbors and share your love of books. We envision our bookstore as a true community meeting space!” They will start buildout soon and have bookshelves on order, with the hopes of opening Paper Boat Booksellers sometime this summer.

23 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Paper Boat Booksellers finds a home for their West Seattle bookstore"

  • Susan May 9, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    I am so thrilled to hear this news! West Seattle absolutely needs an independent bookstore. All the best to Eric and Desirae on their store. I’ll be there often!

  • Holly May 9, 2019 (2:13 pm)

    This is such great news!  My daughter the avid book lover, will be thrilled!! 

  • Marcel Jones May 9, 2019 (2:39 pm)

    Congrats happy for you both

  • West Seattle Coworking May 9, 2019 (2:58 pm)

    We could have not asked for a better neighbor! I am sure our members will buy a book or two (or three). Let us know if we can help. 

  • momof3boys May 9, 2019 (3:01 pm)

    Terrific – Welcome to the neighborhood!!

  • Q May 9, 2019 (3:54 pm)

    Hopefully they fare better than square one.. 

  • LKT May 9, 2019 (4:29 pm)

    What great news!

  • SH May 9, 2019 (4:56 pm)

    That’s wonderful!!!! I’m so excited!!

  • LC May 9, 2019 (5:48 pm)

    Yeehaw! So excited for this, Des and Eric! 

  • Al WS May 9, 2019 (5:50 pm)

    I’m confused… their website says “Independent bookstores are thriving in communities around the country and we think West Seattle needs its own! “.Pegasus is awesome. Why is there no mention of this?

    • Susan May 9, 2019 (7:33 pm)

      I think because Pegasus is first and foremost a used bookstore. I LOVE Pegasus, and go there often, but it lacks a consistent supply of new and popular titles. It sounds to me like Paper Boat will fill the niche we lost a decade ago when Square One Books closed in Jefferson Square, and more recently, by the closure of B&N (but in a much more community-friendly manner). I believe there is room for both bookstores to thrive. 

  • Ted Diamond May 9, 2019 (5:55 pm)

    Thank goodness! (exclaims the bibioholic)

  • Lina May 9, 2019 (6:06 pm)

    Yay!  Desirae and Eric are such awesome folks and this shop is sure to be a wonderful source of community and great books!

  • Deb May 9, 2019 (6:54 pm)

    Is this the Eric from Pegasus Book Exchange?  I’d hate to see him leave Pegasus but that would be nice too if he opened a shop of his own.

  • melody May 9, 2019 (8:01 pm)

    is this THEE eric judy from modest mouse? 

    • heartless May 9, 2019 (9:11 pm)

      I’d wager yes!

  • Jenilee May 9, 2019 (9:18 pm)

    Can’t wait to visit! Congrats on this dream coming to fruition!!

  • Mrs Smith May 10, 2019 (2:49 pm)

    Congrats Eric and Des! 

  • savoirfaire May 12, 2019 (11:33 am)

    This is fantastic news!!! Can’t wait to have this in the neighborhood.

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