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MARCH 13, 2023

Pencils Down: Now We Have This

What we’ve lost and how we’ve recovered since the start of the pandemic.

FEBRUARY 28, 2023

Ep 369: State of the Bookstore

Today, we’re taking you behind the scenes of three independent bookstores we know and love and talking with three bookstore owners we’ve hosted on What Should I Read Next.

APRIL 26, 2022

Ep 328: Reading is a lifestyle

Today’s episode features a delightful conversation with Abbigail Glen, the owner of Shelves, an online and pop-up bookstore based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby’s worked hard to bring her vision to life and create a bookstore and reading community where reading truly is a lifestyle, and I had so much fun talking with her about the process.

FEBRUARY 1, 2022

Shelves Bookstore, Charlotte, N.C., Pivots During Pandemic

Shelves Bookstore, an independent bookstore that began as a pop-up store in Charlotte, NC, in 2019, has pivoted to a primarily online bookstore complete with a monthly subscription service Reading Is a Lifestyle, Queen City Nerve reported.

JANUARY 31, 2022

Shelves Bookstore Moves From Mobile Pop-Ups to the Web

When I spoke with Abbigail Glen, founder of Charlotte-based Shelves Booksotre, she was still fondly recalling the previous night, when she found herself overtaken with laughter thanks to a book she had been reading. 

“I was dying laughing like I was watching a TV show,” she said. “Like seriously, in the bed cracking up.”

NOVEMBER 26, 2021

Small Business getting ready for Small Business Saturday

Abbigail Glen es la dueña Shelves Bookstore, una tienda virtual de libros. Dice que está agradecida por la existencia del Small Business Saturday pero también señala que los consumidores deberían apoyar a los negocios locales a lo largo del año.

NOVEMBER 26, 2021

Local Charlotte businesses gear up for this year’s Small Business Saturday

Abbigail Glen is the owner of Shelves Bookstore, an online and pop-up bookstore. She says she’s grateful for Small Business Saturday, but thinks customers should support local stores year round

OCTOBER 5, 2021

Reading is Freedom - Abbigail Glen (entrepreneur/bookstore owner)

Abbigail Glen’s plan was to start saving to open her own bookstore once she got out of debt. She resigned from her job as an HR professional to do just that, though it looked different than she imagined! We talk about how her pop-up bookstore came to be and what it has been like to be flexible in entrepreneurship. Abbi shares with us how her business fits in the context of her mental health journey. 

JULY 13, 2021

Abbigail Glen and her Pop-Up Bookstore

There was a time when Charlotte supported lots of bookstores, but nowadays the Queen City has only a handful of bookstores that are still in business. However, not all of the news is bad. Two years ago, Abbigail Glen launched a pop-up bookstore called Shelves, a black-owned business that is finding success by making books available where people already congregate. 

JULY 6, 2021

Abby Glen, Shelves Bookstore

This episode is with Abby Glen, the owner and founder of Shelves Bookstore. Shelves just celebrated their 2-year anniversary as an online and pop-up new book store. Shelves started as a pop-up store partnering with local coffee shops when COVID-19 hit. Abby quickly shifted to an online model and has now moved to offering both options to purchase books. 

MAY 07, 2021

Calling Charlotte Home: The Increasing Allure of One Mid-Sized Southern City

Now, five years later, Glen is the owner of a successful Charlotte business: Shelves Bookstore, a pop-up that partners with independent stores to create gathering spaces for book lovers to shop, meet, and exchange ideas. Glen has settled into a community of local businesses, like Sunflower Family Restaurant, where the owners welcome her by name and save her favorite table, and Enderly Coffee (roasted in the region), where she works remotely.

FEBRUARY 23, 2021

Check Out Shelves Bookstore, Black Owned Bookstore in Charlotte, NC

Black History Month began Feb. 1 as a celebration of the achievements of African Americans in the United States. It was created by historian Carter G. Woodson (as Negro History Week). It was expanded to a month in 1976, and it pays tribute to the adversity of generations of African Americans in the country.

OCTOBER 21, 2020

29 small business owners who proved 2020 wasn’t all bad

Shelves Bookstore. The mobile book store did pop-ups in coffee shops pre-Covid. But once in-person activities came to a halt, owner Abby Glen had to quickly improve her website and expand her online offerings. In the last few months she’s also added an audiobook subscription that functions similarly to Amazon’s audible for $14.99 a month (you get one book credit).

AUGUST 5, 2020

Diva’s and friends

Join us diva’s and friends as we discuss the positive and negative critiques of Beyonce’s BLACK is KING. The irony in Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac incident. Is it over for Ellen and her talk show?

Also, what is on your summer reading list? We get some recommendations from Shelves Bookstore Owner Abbigail Glen

JUNE 5, 2020

Lifestyle: Reading Black Literature

Books about race and anti-racism dominate the bestseller lists of retail giants. Just take a look at the top 3 best-selling books today on Barnes and Noble’s website. Number one? How to be An Antiracist. So how can books help and which ones should you pick up? Abbigail Glen, Owner of Shelves Bookstore, joined us on QC@3 to talk about what books she recommends to help people understand the issues going on today.

DECEMBER 26, 2019

Meet Abbigail Glen of Shelves Bookstore

I have been talking and daydreaming about owning my own bookstore for the last 5+ years. I’ve always been an avid reader as a kid and still read tons of books till this day. I read 52 books in 2018. The plan was to start saving to open my own bookstore after I got out of debt. Well, I accomplished my goal of becoming debt-free and ended up resigning from my job as an HR professional with a small technology company based in Charlotte, NC shortly after that.

NOVEMBER 21, 2019

Lifestyle: Pop-Up Bookstore

A new mobile bookstore is taking over Charlotte. Today on QC@3, we met the owner of Shelves Bookstore, Abbigail Glen who talked with us about why she started this pop-up shop and how she chooses which books will go on her shelves. She even made a couple recommendations that you’ll definitely want to check out. 

OCTOBER 26, 2019

Ep. 45: The Journey (feat. Abbi of Shelves Bookstore

Monté & Toni are back for an all new season of the Outspoken Siblings Podcast! This week, Abbi, owner of SHELVES Bookstore, joins us to discuss her journey as a Black entrepreneur, sticking to her ‘why’, the importance of maximizing her gifts & more.

JULY 17, 2019

The pop-up, podcast and subscription service adding diversity to Charlotte’s literary landscape

The Pop-Up: Shelves Bookstore Philadelphia native-turned-Charlottean Abbigail Glen introduced Shelves Bookstore in May after exploring ways to pursue entrepreneurship through literature. “Shelves is birthed from a love for books, love for camaraderie, and love for people,” she said about the mobile bookstore.


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