Northeast Minneapolis is the home of a new bookstore called Eat My Words, which opened on February 1, 2014. The store will sell mostly used books with a small selection of titles from local and independent publishers. Apropos of the shop’s name, Eat My Words will include a lounge area where customers can enjoy complimentary cups of homemade soup while they look over their selections from the store’s 20,000 titles.
After dreaming of opening a bookstore for nearly four decades, owner Scott VanKoughnet and his son Peter are finally making the store a reality. A corporate lawyer by trade, VanKoughnet recently cut his hours back to half time in order to pursue this passion. “Bookselling is in my family. I grew up in Chicago, where my aunt owned a bookstore. My father was a professor and we always had books around the house,” he explained.
The store is located near multiple coffee shops and restaurants know for their artistic vitality. “The first time I ever set foot in this space was during an Art-a-Whirl,” the neighborhood’s annual art festival. “It was a furniture store then. Previously it had been a pharmacy.” The building’s location at the corner of two well-traveled streets offers it ample room for window displays and foot traffic, which Scott and Peter hope will draw people in. “If people want to come in for a cup of soup, just hang out, maybe buy a book, I think that’s a good thing,” said Peter. Surely we agree on that: buying a book is a good thing indeed.