New owner, new look for Title Wave Books
Title Wave Books is currently home to about a half-million books and Angela Libal is partial to all of them.
“Impossible, I could never pick a favorite,” she laughed. “It’s like picking your favorite kid, right?”
Libal started working at the bookstore 19 years ago, and now she’s the store’s new owner. She’s making a few small changes, including downsizing the space by about 10,000 square feet. Everything in the warehouse section is being sold for $2 each to get rid of inventory.
Libal also moved the children’s section up to the front and is focusing on sections that sell better, like fiction and Alaskana, while pairing down sections like law and reference.
“To make any big, grand sweeping changes would change the tone and the flavor of the bookstore and that’s not my intent,” she said. “Because I’ve been here for so long I’d like to make sure that Title Wave continues to be a part of the community for the next 27 years and beyond.”
There had been talk of Title Wave leaving its location at the Northern Lights Center. Customers were glad to hear it’s staying put.
“I feel like Title Wave is an anchor. It’s a destination for us,” said customer Alyssa Ellsworth who was browsing for books for her two children. “The kids and I love to go to Yak and Yeti and pick up pita bread and come and sit here and look for books.”
Libal said since Title Wave moved into the Northern Lights center 15 years ago, the Spenard neighborhood has become a quirky hub.
“We’ve seen these other local businesses expand and do really well,” Libal said. “Not only do we have Middle Way, Hearth and Kaladi Brothers as great neighbors but that synergy has brought in other sort of like minded businesses that fit into the mall.”
The popular book buyback program was temporarily on hold while staff took stock of all the books. Libal said they’re about a month ahead of schedule and expect to start accepting books again on April 1.