Before I saw the image on the Appletree Books website of their beautiful stairs, I noticed the image of their section signage. Affixed to the slat board wall were little chalkboards designating each section. These signs were added after Lynn Quintrell purchased the store a year ago. “The previous owner didn’t believe in having descriptors about genres or sections,” says Appletree’s owner.
The chalkboard signs reminded me of a similar technique Karen Berg is using at Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco, Colorado. In fact, I had forgotten I’d taken this photo on my phone when I visited over Spring Break. Karen painted rectangles of chalkboard paint directly on the wall above the bookcases.
The owners of both stores use various chalkboards around the store as well, on little easels in tabletop displays, in store windows, and on sandwich boards.
Chalkboard signs can be a great solution if you change displays a lot or move a lot of inventory. A little water and chalk can seem like a small investment if your sections are always shifting or moving or bulging or spare.
Here are a few other chalkboard signs in action at Appletree Books in Cleveland Heights, OH, and Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco, CO.