If you’re seeing this post, you should just need to clear your browser cache (or wait a while) to get our brand-new full commerce website. It has a whole new look. We’re carrying most of the content across from this one, but adding staff picks, bestsellers, event pages, a calendar, a special section for authors, a list of our member/owners with published books, shopping cart, wishlist, and much, much more.
While you wait for the new site to go live, please feel free to visit us in the store, or give us a call if you have any questions. We are open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
This House of Books
224 N. Broadway
Billings, MT 59101
Help build our member-owner base in the bookstore cooperative! Compete with other book clubs for awards and prizes.
Each book club that registers and purchases at least one share in the cooperative will receive a free cup of tea and a 10% in-store discount on your next reading group book.
The grand prize will be awarded to the book club that invests the highest total dollar amount in the bookstore cooperative.
The grand prize includes a 15% discount on any purchases made in This House of Books or on our website. This applies to each and every member of the winning book club! That means, for one full calendar year, you will get a discount on books, tea, games, stuffed animals, and gifts! And did we mention discounted books?
The grand prize also includes a private tea party/brunch with Montana author Scott McMillion. Scott is the author of Mark of the Grizzly, bear consultant to the movie The Revenant, editor of Montana Quarterly Magazine, and editor of the book Montana, Warts and All.
Your book club will dine on fine refreshments and bear claws, our choice selection of tea, and have the opportunity to chat intimately with one of our region’s most celebrated authors.
How To Play:
Register your book group’s name and members’ names by emailing Gary@ThisHouseOfBooks.com
Designate a coordinator for your group. The coordinator will turn in share purchase agreements and checks to This House of Books. Or your group may purchases shares online at ThisHouseOfBooks.com.
Competition ends October 1, 2016. Winners will be announced in early October.
With everything moved off to one side of the building (or downstairs to the storage room and office), we were ready to commence with putting in the floor. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, our goal is to build a store with a Prohibition-era Billings motif, and that meant getting rid of the carpet and putting in real oak floors.
We have to get everything cleared out of the way on half the floor so that flooring installation can commence tomorrow.
A lot of things can be shuffled off to the other side of the store, but we decided this was as good a time as any to start setting up the downstairs space.
Now that we have a whole bunch of stuff hauled off the sales floor, we can move all of the rest of it off to one side and let the flooring guys get started tomorrow morning. Here’s the last picture before turning off the lights and going home:
When This House of Books acquired the assets of Red Lodge Books & Tea, we got a lot of bookshelves. I suppose that’s to be expected for a bookstore. The decór in Red Lodge was all rustic light wood, mostly with raw pine and cedar. To fit with the look of the new store, those light pine shelves needed to get darker, as we did at the first of our staining parties today.
We had volunteers wandering in all day, some putting in a few hours of staining and sanding time, and others spending a good chunk of their day. With 28 fixtures and hundreds of individual shelves, there was a lot of staining to do, and the party will continue tomorrow and Monday.
We’ve ripped out the carpet; we’ve painted the ceiling. It’s time for the walls! Time to get rid of those drab beiges and color this place up. Once again, we had a great collection of volunteers to make things happen: and many of them came back for the second coat the next day!
We know the white drop ceiling doesn’t fit that 1920’s Montana look that we’re after. We also know that we don’t have the budget to remove it, paint all of the exposed ductwork, and replace the lights. So we came up with a compromise: paint that ceiling dark brown, which virtually makes it disappear.