Hummingbird Books opens at The Street Chestnut Hill: NEREJ
Chestnut Hill, MA Hummingbird Books, a new independent and women-owned bookshop, will open on The Street Chestnut Hill this spring. A welcoming community destination for finding the latest bestsellers alongside the classics, Hummingbird Books offers an extensive collection of adult and children’s books, showcasing a mix of local and widely loved authors. In addition to its book selection, Hummingbird Books offers a variety of games, gifts, candy and stationery, as well as in-store programs including story hours, book signings and more.
Founded by Boston native Wendy Dodson with local team members Andrea Chiang, Clarissa Murphy and Rachel Walerius, Hummingbird Books is Wendy’s first bookstore in the Boston area. She is also the owner of the famous Valley Bookstore in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where Wendy has been inspiring and connecting her community through books for over eight years. Wendy is now excited to return home and bring her passion for books and vision for a neighborhood bookstore to The Street, just blocks from her family.
Upon entering Hummingbird Books, guests will be amazed by an endless selection of titles just waiting to be discovered in the shop’s carefully curated displays. A beautiful custom tree installation called The Great Oak Tree will serve as a gathering place for families and in-store programming, as well as a place for guests to spend the day lost in a great book.
“Independent bookstores have become a place where community ties are strengthened; Something we need more of in our online world. To this end, we will host book events – particularly those supporting local authors. Hummingbird Books will be a magical place where children discover a love of reading and how reading connects us to others when we are looking for ideas, wisdom or just a break from reality. The store has also given me the opportunity to realize a vision with two exceptional local women. They are my partners at Hummingbird Books and I love being part of an all-star entrepreneurial team,” said Dodson.
“Hummingbird Books is a very special addition to The Street Chestnut Hill. It will not only be a neighborhood destination for great literature, but also a warm and enriching place for our community to spend the day enjoying the simple pleasures of reading and connecting with others. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome another local and women-owned business to the property and to support the many talented local writers when Hummingbird Books debuts this spring,” said Alana Stein, general manager of The Street Chestnut Hill.
Hummingbird Books will join several other local and women-owned businesses currently on The Street including the recently opened STUDS, The Vault Nantucket, Legit Activewear, Eyespot and Bianca.
Located in the heart of Chestnut Hill, The Street has quickly become one of the area’s premier destinations for shopping, dining, entertainment and culture. Both a leader in national retail trends and a cornerstone of the Chestnut Hill community, The Street delights visitors with a collection of over 40 unique brands and a lively program of arts, music, fitness and kid-friendly fun. The Street features Massachusetts’ first OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Juice Press, Showcase SuperLux, Shake Shack and Splendid, as well as locally and nationally popular restaurants and retailers such as Blue Bottle, Warby Parker, Simon Pearce, Porcelanosa, Polkadog Bakery, Bianca, Chilacates, Lululemon, Nike by Chestnut Hill and PNC Bank. The street’s transformation under owner WS Development prompted the US Design and Development of the International Council of Shopping Centers to honor the property with a Gold Award in the Mixed-Use Project Renovations/Extensions category. The Street is located at 33 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts just off Route 9 between Hammond Pond Parkway and Hammond Street.
Massachusetts-based WS Development is a mixed-use developer with a unique mission: to create places people want to be. With an approach that values art, science, innovation, and most importantly, people, WS strives to engage every community it serves with world-class installations and activations. Founded in 1990, WS is a vertically integrated company that designs, owns, operates and leases more than 100 properties ranging from state-of-the-art urban spaces to lifestyle and community centers. With over 20 million square feet of existing space and an additional five million square feet under development, it is one of the largest private development companies in the country.