OTB in the News!

Hello Book Friends!

As some of you will no doubt already have seen, our little bookstore has been making a fair number of headlines in these first six months! If you’re one of our many customers who has come in for the first time after seeing our name in print, then you know just how grateful we are for this press. For those of you who may have missed it, here’s a roundup of the coverage our store has been getting!

First off, here’s a piece on us in the Alexandria Times, our local paper! This one focuses on our desire to be not only a place to buy books but also a community meeting space, as well as featuring a glimpse into how we choose books to stock.

This piece in Zebra Magazine is from when we were just a little baby store, not even open yet! It profiles our fearless leader Ally, and highlights the invaluable help we got starting up from the Alexandria Economic Development Partners’ ALX Pop-Ups program! We couldn’t have gotten off the ground without that help and Ally’s determination. Zebra checked back in with us in January, too! That piece has a great picture of Scout (!) as well as information on some of our cool gifty things like tote bags, socks, and mugs!

For more information on Ally’s vision for the store (and a little bit of the Ally/OTB origin story), be sure to check out Northern Virginia Magazine’s interview with her. Ally’s passion for and knowledge of books really shines through in this article, which also highlights our commitment to supporting new and emerging writers as well as serving our community through our events.

Forbes.com included us in this roundup of various recent and not-so recent indie bookstore openings. Indie bookstores are on the rise again (we certianly have been incerdibly happy with the enthusiastic response our store is getting!), and this article presents itself as a quasi-how-to guide if you’re interested in opening an indie of your own.

This mention in Alexandria Living Magazine highlights something our regular customers will know by now - we’re not just the little popup that could anymore, we’ve extended our lease and will be staying for at least another year in our home on Union!

Lastly, but certainly not least, no less an institution than the Washington Post included us in its DMV-wide look at indie bookstores old and new! We’re honored to have made the list as its newest entry, and we couldn’t agree more that the way we compete with corporate booksellers is on community engagement, a personalized experience, expertise, and atmosphere.

So, as you can see, we’ve been getting lots of good press already, which only reinforces the incredible response we’ve gotten from the local community - many of you are already our dearest and most loyal customers! However, we’d certainly like to note that all these articles have a massive and glaring omission, which hopefully whoever writes about us next will correct: nobody’s done a profile of Scout, everyone’s favorite public relations specialist/shop dog! “Woof! rrrrrr…,” says Scout, agreeing with us. Or possibly asking for a treat. Either way.

Happy reading, and hope to see you in the shop soon!

-Team OTB