Nolensville Book Nook is more than just a children’s bookstore

A love of books has become a new business venture for two local moms.

Nestled in the historic corridor of downtown Nolensville, The Nolensville Book Nook opened on July 31 and is now the only children’s bookstore in town.

Hundreds of people passed by the store during its recent grand opening. Families and children flocked to shelves filled with colorful books, looking for classics and new pieces to add to their home collections.

“We had, of course, a lot of friends and family who came out to support us, but some (of the people who stopped by were) people from Nolensville who were really excited, who we had never met before “, co-owner Jessica Bates said.

Nashville:The Southern Festival of Books returns to Nashville this fall with Pulitzer Prize winners, more

Children’s book:Franklin author Dorena Williamson on her new children’s book ‘The Story of Juneteenth’

Bates, a writer, lives in Murfreesboro, but has been friends with co-owner Dr. Liz Kiilerich-Bowles, a longtime teacher and Nolensville resident, since their college days.

It was Kiilerich-Bowles’ idea to start a bookstore in Nolensville. And she was inspired by her personal experience.

“As an educator for 15 years and a mother of three children, (aged) 7 and under, I have seen the incredible impact of a good book – the lessons learned, the thoughtful conversations started, the connections made and pure joy and excitement,” Kiilerich-Bowles said.

As the founder of a writing group and self-published author, Bates immediately agreed.

“One of the ways I love to connect with anyone is through books and reading,” she said. “So I think it’s so important to foster a love of reading early in a person’s life and prepare them to be lifelong learners and readers.

The women started the store as a monthly pop-up in October 2021, moving into local businesses like Town Barre and Mill Creek Brewery.

Leave a Comment