We’ve all experienced loneliness at some point but sadly the issue doesn’t seem to be going away. However, in order to combat loneliness in the community law firm gunnercooke has announced it is launching a purpose-led independent bookshop, café and events space in Manchester.
Known as The House of Books & Friends, the space is due to open this autumn in Bruntwood’s Manchester Club building at the top of King Street. The bookshop will offer initiatives for customers and businesses through pay it forward schemes, as well as opportunities to make connections with their community through events and a café.
Projects funded by book sale profits will engage the square mile around the shop, working alongside local charities to combat social isolation and connect a wide breadth of people including the elderly, new parents, and local schools. The House of Books & Friends will also be stocking a range of titles, both new and second-hand, suitable for adults and children.
The building itself, Manchester Club, is an impressive Victorian Gothic Grade II-listed building steeped in history, originally opening back in 1871 as a members club, with members including Winston Churchill. The building is also home to the opulent bar and restaurant Grand Pacific on the first floor.
Darryl Cooke, Founder of gunnercooke, said: “Loneliness is a widespread and growing issue in our society. It can affect anyone of any age and can come about from many different causes at any time. We believe that bookshops can provide a powerful tool.
“Reading can connect us physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. When we read we are not alone. Our focus will be to connect all the charities we work with and, at the heart, to develop a culture of connection.”
To keep up to date with the launch of The House of Books & Friends or for job opportunities, sign up to their mailing list here.