Village Books, the student and general bookstore in Hendrix Village, opened its doors to the public Wednesday.

The store features a small coffee and tea bar, Hendrix merchandise, some food items, text books and recommended reading material for students, as well as a general reading section.

The general section contains fiction and non-fiction titles, classic literature, modern literature, children’s books and reference and study guides.

Dee Dee Allen, store manager, said a unique aspect of the store is its seating areas conducive to general reading or in students’ cases, studying.

"Another good area for general public or students is our bar with bar stools near the coffee and tea bar," Allen said.

The store will have weekly bargain books called National Campus Bestsellers. Allen said they are popular titles within the college age group in both fiction and non fiction.

The store is just under 5,000 square feet, with five employees, two full-time and three part-time. 

Barbara Jensen, assistant manager, said not all employees are students, but the store will seek temporary help from members of the student body for the "back to school rush."

"We’re here for everyone," Jensen said. 

Jensen encourages the general public, not only the Hendrix crowd, to visit the store, a Barnes and Noble College Bookseller.

If the store does not contain an item, staff are prepared to place special orders.

The store will also carry a selection of magazines and newspapers.

According to Allen, the village square will also be home to Panera Bread and ZAZA Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co.

Allen said a suite between the two restaurants is still empty, as well as the area behind Village Books.

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