Sam Weller's New Home, New Name | Buzz Blog

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sam Weller's New Home, New Name

Posted By on November 30, 2011, 1:53 PM

  • Pin It

Sam Weller’s Bookstore will be starting a new chapter in January with a move to Trolley Square and a just-announced new name and new focus.---

Tony Weller gave a preview Wednesday of the bookstore’s future Trolley Square home of the downtown bookstore—rebranded in its new space as Weller Book Works.

Construction is set to be completed on Dec. 23, and the grand opening for Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. The Main Street location will remain open through Christmas Eve.

The Trolley location—formerly Trolley Square Cinemas—is around 10,000 square feet, Weller said, which is close to the space of the main floor and mezzanine of the Main Street location. “We’re losing a basement, but we’re gaining free parking,” Weller said.


Other changes outlined by Weller include a new emphasis on curation—stocking books that people want to own, rather than books people simply want to use. Author signings and events will still be a focus, with small events taking place on the main floor, and events for larger-draw authors, such as David Sedaris, taking place in the atrium to the east of the store.

The name change was decided in part, Weller said, because the word “store” is too stagnant. “Works” is a much more active word, one that better fits the company’s mission to engage people with good books and good community.

This blog will be updated later today with more photos and information about the move, future plans for the company and Weller's decision to leave Main Street.

Tags: , , ,

More on News

  • Power to the Props

    Utah voters approve ballot initiatives, but for some, the fight is not over.
    • Nov 7, 2018
  • A Joint Session

    Speaker Hughes, Prop 2 supporters talk cannabis, compromise and the church.
    • Oct 30, 2018
  • A Very Special Session

    Guv says it’s possible to get medical cannabis up and running in Utah, despite the fact reaching a compromise has long proved difficult for state lawmakers.
    • Oct 25, 2018
  • More News »

More by Rachel Piper

Latest in Buzz Blog


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


© 2018 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation