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.

Sara Elliott
Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at