A small bookshelf sits just outside the open door of Giver’s Used Books in Labadie, inviting people to come in and take a look around.
Once entering the shop, located at 108 Front St., Suite 102, visitors are surrounded with neatly organized shelves and displays of used, rare and collectible books, quotes from books painted on the wall and small reading areas.
Owner Julie Robert said she has always wanted to open a bookstore. The shop’s name came from the book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.
Robert offers all types of books — children’s, fiction, nonfiction and is working to get her inventory online. People can request various authors, genres or subjects and Robert will work to find it.
Currently living in Fenton, Robert said she found the town of Labadie by chance and fell in love with it.
She knew it would be a perfect place for her and her husband, Aaron, to raise their three children, Josiah, 7, Sawyer, 2, and Annemarie, 4 months. The family plans to move to Labadie soon.
In addition to selling books, Robert also offers trade-in value for books, which she said is perfect for avid readers who don’t like to keep their books. She offers consignment for rare and collectible books.
Robert said she hopes to provide the people of Labadie and surrounding areas with a place to sit and read, as well as get books they will love. The closest book stores or libraries to Labadie are in Eureka or Washington.
In the future, she would like to expand and offer coffee and baked goods.
Robert said she is excited to be a part of the Labadie community.
“I feel very lucky to be here. There are these moments when I’m rocking the baby looking out at Front Street thinking ‘I cannot believe this is my life,’ ” she said.
Robert has started a kids storytime Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
On Halloween evening, beginning at 5 p.m., Robert will dress as a fortune teller for a spooky storytime.
The shop is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.