...& More: How We Started
1991, college seniors Cinnamon Dokken and Bryan Peterson took a
leap of faith and opened A Novel Idea Bookstore with a
stock of 2000 books. The store was located in an unheated
basement in an old warehouse on the edge of downtown Lincoln.
Shelves were made from scrap lumber. It was a long, cold year--but
the shop managed to pay the bills and increase the stock.
1992, we moved to our present location in downtown Lincoln. We
were thrilled to have windows and heat! Katherine Bergstrom, a
book lover since birth, came to work in the shop in 1994. At
that time, Cinnamon became the sole proprietor and Katherine
became A Novel Idea Bookstore's
next several years were spent remodeling, with the help of
family and friends. The old shelving was replaced with shelves
that have carved tops and inset tiles. A beautiful oak and glass
counter was custom built to house collectable books. Now,
patrons browse two floors of used, rare and out-of-print books
and enjoy a wide selection of hardcover and paperback fiction
We have a longstanding tradition
of community involvement and investment in education and the
arts. Thoughout the year, we host a variety of readings, book
signings and events.
We've built our business on finding quality books and providing
personal customer service. Our staff is
and reads like crazy. Whether you're looking for a relaxing
browse, searching for a particular title or selling a
collection, we think you'll enjoy visiting our store - and
we look forward to meeting you!