Set in the Oceanside vacationland communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, our two independentlly-owned bookstores offer a unique selection of fine books with a distinctive West Coast flair.
WE'VE GOT CONNECTIONS...
Just 2 blocks off the beach, our PARKSVILLE BOOK STORE, (est. 1993) is located in the Thrifty Foods Centre on Highway 19a in downtown Parksville. In an old-fashioned library setting, you'll find a great selection of books and other gift ideas for your browsing pleasure, as well as our children's collection in a real castle! And yes, we've got connections - walk through from inside our beautiful book store to Lefty's Fresh Food Restaurant for coffee or a mouth-watering meal.
DISCOVER THE VILLAGE...
Take a drive up from the Qualicum beach through the golf course and into Qualicum Beach Village to our QUALICUM BEACH BOOK STORE (est. 1975). You'll find us on Second Avenue across from the Royal Bank. Booklovers return again and again to browse through our wonderful selection of books for all ages and to discover treasures you won't find anywhere else!
TAKE THE ONE BOOK PLEDGE
An independent book shop in California, Book Shop Santa Cruz created this movement. Many of our customers ask what they can do to help make sure that we remain a part of their community. Our response is simple. We tell customers that if they wanted to do only one thing to help support The Mulberry Bush Bookstore, it would be to take the One Book Pledge.
The pledge is a commitment to buy, in any given month, one fewer book at Amazon.ca or a big box-store and one more book at The Mulberry Bush Bookstore (or at our webstore!)
A recent study found that even customers who define themselves as loyal independent bookstore customers only buy four out of every ten books from an independent bookstore. Imagine what would happen if everyone dedicated themselves to buying that fifth book from an independent as well. For a store like ours, it means more local jobs, more author events, the ability to carry more unique, small press titles and more money flowing to local schools, libraries and public safety through the collection of local sales tax and store donations.
Since amazon.ca is the biggest threat to independent bookstores like ours, taking the pledge is the best way for customers to ensure the long-term viability of The Mulberry Bush Bookstore. Take the pledge...it is doable, it is meaningful, and it is a commitment to help sustain and grow our local economy.
Thank you for taking the One Book Pledge. Stay tuned as we help to spread the message out to customers across the nation who want to support their local independent bookstore. We like to think of it as a mini-revolution - one that was started amongst and shared with friends in Santa Cruz.