Proprietor Mel Griffin – who’s been closely associated with the former Windsor Books has taken over the business and today re-launched it under a new name and distinctive new branding as “Griffin Books”.
Mel, who is well-known in Penarth as churchwarden of All Saints in Penarth, is a former information technology executive for the global IT consultancy Accenture. She and her astronomer husband – Professor Matt Griffin of Cardiff University – moved to Penarth in 2001.
Mel says it has always been her dream to start her own bookshop ever since, as a teenager, she took a temporary job in a bookstore. Working closely with Anne and Tony Hallett of Windsor Books over the last three years opened up the possibility of acquiring the business and achieving that long-held dream – culminating in today’s launch.
Apart from some keen pricing and special offers, there’s now an aroma of complementary coffee in the popular shop – with book-lovers being invited to imbibe whilst they browse.
Another change is in opening hours – Griffin Books will now be open for an extra half-hour at the end of the day and instead of closing at 17:00 will now close at 17:30 .
There’s also to be “book group” in the shop. That will involve a number of people who have all read the same book during a month and then come together in the shop for an evening chat to enjoy discussing it over a “glass of wine and a few nibbles”.
Several other ideas are in the pipeline including plans to increase the children’s section.
But there’s no change as far as one aspect of the business is concerned. The bookshop will still be as heavily involved as ever in Penarth’s forthcoming Annual Book Festival – coming up next month.