For our most recent shop of the is Boekhandel Hijman in the Netherlands. Find out more about the quaint shop in Arnhem, which has been in operation since 1895, and be sure to visit soon to catch a special window display featuring our book Hit The Road front and center.
When did all start?
Boekhandel Hijman has been a family-owned business since 1895. It has a very long tradition in the society of Arnhem. Its history is marked by war and other setbacks. It is also the shop rooted in a great love for books from both the booksellers and their customers. The current owner Theo Beneder started his own bookshop in 2006 under the name Ongerijmd. When Hijman went bankrupt two times in a row, Beneder mobilized his customers and took over, and it has been known as Hijman Ongerijmd ever since.
Why did you decide to open the store?
Since the market’s attention has mainly shifted to bestsellers and online ordering we decided to be a bookshop that offers both bestsellers and stunning editions as well as books published by lesser-known publishers or artists. We try to draw attention to these books by organizing readings, workshops, open bars, and festivals. We wanted to be one of the places in Arnhem for people to meet and be a part of the literary and cultural society in Arnhem.
How would you describe the neighborhood in which the store is located?
The shop is located in the city center of Arnhem, so we are in the middle of a large and diverse shopping area.
In terms of books and other merchandise, what do you offer your customers?
We specialize in literature in both Dutch and English, including books on poetry, art, landscapes, philosophy, and history. We have a wide variety of books and stock both bestsellers as well as books by unknown artists and publishers.
What are your favorite Gestalten books?
What are your customers’ favorite Gestalten books?
Our customers' favorites are definitely the travel books and foremost Wanderlust.
What kinds of people shop at your store?
All kinds of people shop in our store, among them locals, art students, and tourists.
Do you do anything at your store besides sell books? Do you, for example, have any events or exhibitions there?
We host a lot of events. We organize lectures from various authors, book signings and poetry- and philosophy evenings. Check our website!
Is there anything else about the store that you'd like us to mention?
We have a really good coffee machine. People who visit us can pour a cup for themselves; most of the times, there are also cookies in the jar. Our booksellers take turns by picking their favorites!
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