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Local bookstore now open

Signpost photo by Wendy Spence
Rachel Hall holds up a couple of her favourites in front of her new business, Rachel’s Book Hall on Hamilton Road at Queen Street.
by Wendy Spence

        Dorchester residents can find their new favourite read in the village. Rachel’s Book Hall had a successful opening day on Saturday at the former Baptist church on Hamilton Road at Queen Street.
        “Independent bookstores have actually been on the rise,” said owner Rachel Hall, 23. The resident has close to 1,000 fiction books in her inventory – both new and previously enjoyed. The store will stock mostly fantasies, mysteries, thrillers, graphic novels, comic books and self-help titles and Hall can order in what she doesn’t have. The selection will evolve as she gauges her customers’ interests.
        Her goal is to provide a fun place in Dorchester where people – especially teenagers – can come and relax. She also has a Ping-Pong table and games set up downstairs, as well as a community bulletin board so people can share activities and events they’re planning, to connect with others. Hall also plans to host movie nights and game nights.
        “It’s hard for Canadian authors to get noticed,” said the new entrepreneur, who will support talented writers from the area and the country. Hall stocks independent authors as well.
        The book lover, who has a dream of becoming an author, was frustrated when she was looking forward to getting a new book and had to go into London. She started working on a location and when she learned that the former church was available she couldn’t pass it up. In September she signed the lease, and with help from friends and family she cleaned, painted, added new flooring and brought in shelving, then set up shop. Publishers were more than happy to help her with her new venture.
        She researched stores in the area and decided that a bookstore would be a good retail operation for the community. Hall enjoys both hard copies of books and e-books. “I think people are seeing the benefit of having both of them.”
        Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of her favourite books. The young business owner also enjoys Kelley Armstrong’s work. Hall is a voracious reader. She’s in the middle of 15 different books, one of which is the original Dracula by Bram Stoker. Fantasies and thrillers capture her interest most. “Anything with a werewolf is definitely high up on my list.”
        One of the reasons Hall loves reading is because it transports people to various locales. “I’ve seen places from the eyes of many different characters that it makes me want to see these places.”
        She is new to the area. Hall’s family moved from London to Dorchester in May. “I absolutely love it. We lucked out and happened to find this amazing place to live.”
        Residents can check out Rachel’s Book Hall and say hello to the proud owner as well as Cash the Manchester terrier, who is the store dog. The store at 4193 Hamilton Road at Queen Street is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hall said the hours might change depending on the response. Cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Visit the Facebook page and follow the Instagram feed.

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