In the Beginning
Stories Bookshop started life in 2001. Damian Morgan purchased the Elizabeth Dominie Book Centre, a store that had been around since 1971, supplying educational books and resources to the teachers of Launceston.
But when it changed hands in 2001 and became Stories Bookshop, it evolved into a children’s bookshop, educational supply shop, party centre, art and craft activity destination and much more.
The First Stories Bookshop
Stories Bookshop, Mark I, was much loved by the residents of Launceston and the surrounding towns. Families brought their toddlers and pre-schoolers to regular Story Time and craft sessions. Some families came back year after year for their children’s birthday parties. To celebrate the release of much anticipated books, including the Harry Potter series, Stories Bookshop held themed events, which saw readers of every age get into the spirit – and into fancy dress!
Stories Bookshop supported schools with recommended reading lists, library supplies, back to school stationery supplies and school excursions.
For 11 years, Stories Bookshop did it all for the children and families of Northern Tasmania.
A Sad Interlude
In 2012, Stories sadly closed its doors in Launceston – but it never really went away. Remaining as an online provider of top quality literacy readers, it waited, hopeful, certain that one day it could return to the city which embraced it so heartily.
The Phoenix Arises!
In 2017, with the tragic loss of another bookshop to Launceston’s reading and book-loving public, Launceston would have been the poorer. But for Stories Bookshop, the closure of that shop presented a chance to return to the city.
Now in new premises, close to the CBD, Stories Bookshop offers everything: books for children, books for adults and books for schools. The new and improved store for bookworms of all types also offers gifts, events, activities and much more.
Damian Morgan, founder and managing director of Stories Bookshop, said, “It may seem odd in today’s competitive market, but booksellers know very well that the loss of a bookshop in a town is a serious thing and a sad one. Readers visit different bookshops for different reasons. Stories Bookshop has its own personality and we are proud to be able to show a new generation of Launcestonians who we are.
“The chance to help people to find the perfect book, the privilege of being allowed to get to know a little bit about a person’s background and tastes, and the satisfaction in helping people find the perfect gift for someone, are major reasons why I got involved in the book trade in the first place. It’s the customers and the interactions and the stories that provide the joy in bookselling for me.