One of the many wonderful things about the Potts Point area is the range of local small businesses.
I sat down with Anna Low from the Potts Point Bookshop and asked her what she loves about her local area.
A bookseller for twenty-five years, Anna started out in the Potts Point Bookshop when it first opened in 2004, and took over the business three years later.
“It was always my dream to have my own shop,” she told me. “The thrill of reading a book you love never goes away.”
What does the Potts Point Bookshop offer that you might not find in other bookshops?
We select books that we think will be of interest to our customers and so we take a lot of the hard work out of making decisions. We will track down books and order anything that is in print. We take great pride in our passion for reading and we like to recommend books. Between all the staff we have more than 80 years bookselling experience. We run two different book clubs – one that reads fiction and another that reads crime fiction. We have a story time on Friday mornings for little kids and we run author events too.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
The books and the people. Over the years, I have met so many interesting people and had incredible discussions about all sorts of things. Every day is different and you are constantly surprised by the new things you learn.
What are your reading recommendations for the next couple of months?
Where to start! There are quite a few books that we are super excited about. Kristina Olssen’s spectacular novel Shell which is set in Sydney during the 1960s and has the construction of the Opera House as its backdrop. David Marr is a Potts Point Bookshop favourite and he has a collection of essays coming out – we are holding an event with him on 7 November. Flour & Stone from Woolloomooloo has a spectacular cookbook coming out in September. Anne Summers, feminist trail-blazer and Potts Point local, has a memoir coming out in November which should be absolutely fascinating.
What can we look forward to from the Potts Point Bookshop in the future?
We will keep on keeping on – searching for the finest books, the most interesting authors and loving our locals.
What is the best thing about being a business in Potts Point?
The people who live in the area value having the local businesses and are very supportive. The people you meet, the stories you hear, the chats you have.
What is the worst thing about being a business in Potts Point?
There are few downsides but sometimes it does take a long time to make it all the way to the top of the street because you have to stop and chat with everyone.
What advice would you give to people who are about to move to the area?
Ditch your car and get walking. If you want to meet bookish locals join one of our book clubs or sign up to our mailing list and come to an event.
What’s your top recommendation for eating or drinking in Potts Point?
I get my coffee from Gypsy. My lunch time favourites are Room 10, Zinc or Busshari. Breakfast, lunch or dinner at local institution, Fratelli Paradiso is a must. If I am meeting friends for dinner I go to Billy Kwong, Cho Cho San or Bistro Rex.
What do you think the future holds for Potts Point?
Potts Point is going through a huge amount of change since the full impact of the lockout laws is felt and I imagine there will be a lot more change to come. I hope that Potts Point attracts more small business and continues to grow its ‘village in a city’ feel.
Live like a local and visit the Potts Point Bookshop at 14 Macleay Street, Potts Point.
Photo Credit: Potts Point Bookshop Facebook Page