Franklin resident finds calling in starting Westhaven's Bound Booksellers






Owner Kelly Gore opened the doors of Bound Booksellers in the Westhaven community in November 2016. 
(Photos by Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Owner Kelly Gore opened the doors of Bound Booksellers in the Westhaven community in November 2016. (Photos by Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Owner Kelly Gore opened the doors of Bound Booksellers in the Westhaven community in November 2016. (Photos by Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Kelly Gore said she attributes her love of books and reading to her mother, an English literature professor, who read to Gore as a child growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee.

“She brought her love of reading and literature to me as a child, and I was just so smitten,” Gore said. “I just always grew up loving stories and loving the magic that comes with them. So [the love of stories] is in me, and it’s her fault.”

As she grew into an adult, Gore said she would always look out for small, independent bookstores whenever she traveled and would go on dates to bookstores with her husband before they married.

“I would seek out the little bookstores because they just seemed so magical to me, and everywhere I’ve been, I could tell you about the charm of their bookstores,” Gore said.

After a years-long career as an interior designer and professor, Gore got the chance to open her own bookstore, and in November 2016, she opened the doors of Bound Booksellers, an independent book and gift store in the Westhaven Town Center.


“We moved here nine years ago before the town center really popped up, and I kept saying, ‘I just love this neighborhood. It would be perfect if it had a bookstore,’” Gore said. “I guess I said that enough times that my husband finally said, ‘Why don’t you just open a little bookstore? I don’t know anybody that reads more than you or as is passionate about the community as you.’”

The shelves of Bound Booksellers are filled with a wide variety of books, including classics, cookbooks, young adult fiction, children’s books and more, all of which are carefully curated by Gore.

Gore said her picks are based on which books she has enjoyed reading and which cover designs stand out to her.

“For me, it’s always a little bit about the way the book looks or feels,” Gore said. “But I’ve probably read about 60% of the books on the shelves and have definitely flipped through 100% of the books. ... I read constantly. Right now, I probably have four books going on at the same time.”

Gore said there is something authentic and special about independent bookstores, like her own, that one can not find at larger chains or just by shopping for books online.

Gore described her store as a “pharmacy of books”—a line taken from “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George.

“You know that when you walk in here that we’re not salespeople; we’re readers,” Gore said. “When people walk in, and once I figure out what they’re like and who they’re like and what they aspire to be, I feel like we do a really good job of saying, ‘This is the book for you.’”

Bound Booksellers

158 Front St., Ste. 106, Franklin

615-656-5345

www.boundbookstn.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.


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