Chic Spotlight: Cincy Book Bus

Chic Spotlight: Cincy Book Bus

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A former teacher is chasing her dream of owning a bookstore - on wheels! Read on for the page-turning details.

The Cincy Book Bus is run by a retired teacher with dreams of owning her own bookstore.


Cincy Chic: What is Cincy Book Bus?
Melanie Moore, Founder of Cincy Book Bus: The Book Bus is a mobile bookstore off the back of a 1962 VW transporter. I sell new and used (mint condition) adult fiction.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Moore: I have always dreamed of owning a bookstore. After retiring from 25 years of teaching, I decided it was time to chase my dream. I thought about a brick and mortar store but decided I wanted to do something more unique and fun.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers find the Cincy Book Bus?
Moore: I pop up all around Cincinnati. To find out where I’ll be popping up next readers can follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Cincy Chic: What makes the Cincy Book Bus unique?
Moore: I am Cincinnati’s only mobile bookstore and, to be honest, I don’t think there is anything as unique as my bookstore in the country. If there is, I haven’t seen it yet. I also take my profits to buy books for kids and classes in inner city, low income areas in Cincinnati. I am passionate about getting books into the hands of kids who need them most.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along? 
Moore: Instagram and Facebook but also reading about what I do and how I got started. I have two recent articles in City Beat and Cincinnati Refine. I will also be in the July issue of Cincinnati Magazine.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon? 
Moore: I just keep chugging along! My tagline is “delivering the joy of owning books to inspire a passion for reading.”

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more? 
Moore: Visit my Facebook page.