In 2011 Two Brother in Laws, Erik Christensen (owner and founder of Loretta LaRoche Productions) and Jason Zutaut (owner and founder of Book Enterprises) had an idea to open a community driven Independent bookstore that would be different than the rest. Something with a "twist". They were looking for the uniqueness of bringing books to life and sharing this with their customers. A business that they knew would be difficult to take on but they believed it was important for the surrounding communities. This venture was a passion for them.
Two Locations were opened; First Kingston in October of 2011 and then Taunton in August 2012.
Kingston store is their Flagship. Located in the Independence Mall, which is a grand 23,000 sq feet. This location has a beautiful venue nestled inside called, OnStage Live. This venue comfortably seats 190 with state of the art sound system, elegant red velvet drapes framing the center stage and show icons decorating the room. At The Book Shack they want to share with you their quest for excellence through the ability to explore, connect and learn. Great story telling, Author Signing events full of life, TV Shows, spoken word and workshops, Comedy events, musical shows and so much more! They also have an Events Cafe adjacent to the cozy living room near the stage. They serve wine, beer, refreshments and snacks during shows. Catered menu is available for some events.
In the main location of The Book Shack Erik and Jason wanted to sell books. Lots and Lots of wonderful books! They have New Releases, Bargain from best selling and well known authors at discounted prices, and Used, through the "Sell Your Book program". The Book Shack also has a Treasure Found section in the center of the store where you may find that special book.
The Taunton store is in The Silver City Galleria Mall. This is an adorable store with a boutique feel selling New Releases and Bargain books. Author signings for independent authors are held at this beautiful store.
Their other passion is the community they live and work in. Throughout the years they have supported and continue to support many fundraisers that have asked for donations for different causes. They have established ongoing relations with many non-profit organizations, libraries, churches and schools, always giving back.
"It appears that the world is more energetic and chaotic than before so we sometimes forget the importance of our community and the people around us. Remember that we need to help each other and support our passions." ~The Book Shack, It's more than a bookstore!