Jersey City’s new bookstore Tachair Bookshoppe celebrated its grand opening yesterday with a special event featuring a session of storytelling and poetry, a coffee tasting, Celtic music and dance, and food provided by It’s Greek to Me. And books, of course – a selection of new and used books ranging from bestsellers and classics to fairy tales.
Among the guests at the grand opening was Mayor Jerramiah Healy, who was the bookstore’s first customer with the purchase of a King James Bible. Council President Peter Brennan and Board of Education member Sangeeta Ranade also attended and offered good wishes and encouragement to owners Carol and Aleta Valleau and Aleta’s 10-year-old son, Paul. There was also a hearty show of support from the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District and local business owners.
“Tachair” is a Gaelic word meaning “a meeting place,” and that is exactly what the space was at yesterday’s grand opening – and the Valleaus hope that their store will quickly find its way into residents’ hearts and become a place where people can not only meet, but read, learn and share their love of books with one another.
The store is located at 260 Newark Avenue.
Previously: At Last, Jersey City Gets a Bookstore
Tachair, Grace Church and Others Help Fill the Bookstore Void
Photo: Guitarist Marian Lawlor and fiddler Amy Beshara
Photos by Jennifer Weiss
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