Booksweet in Ann Arbor is up for sale as owners look to change hands –

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ANN ARBOR, MI – Booksweet is for sale as its owners search for someone new to continue its legacy in Ann Arbor.

Owners Shaun Manning and Truly Render shared in a social media post on Wednesday, May 1, that they are selling the indie bookshop at 1729 Plymouth Road to someone who is interested in a turnkey or full asset purchase of the business.

“This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly,” the post stated. “Booksweet is so much more than a shop.”

The bookshop owners noted personal reasons were behind the decision to end their time with Booksweet. Manning had no further comment to add when MLive/The Ann Arbor News reached out.

“As many of you have likely experienced at some point in your lives, sometimes the needs of your family evolve in ways that don’t quite fit your career,” the post stated. “We love the shop deeply and we love our family even more. In fact, we love it all so much that we know when it’s time to pass the torch.”

Manning and Render opened Booksweet in August 2021 after taking over the space from its previous owners, Peter and Megan Blackshear, who ran Bookbound in that location.

Since then, Booksweet has become a spot for readers to check out books and other events near the University of Michigan’s North Campus.

The owners mentioned in the post that they are eager to provide full training, introductions and comprehensive transition support to the next owner who does decide to take over the shop.

“The shop is so ready for you. The community is so ready for you. It’s your time to shine–and we can’t wait to see what happens next,” the post stated.

Moving forward, Booksweet will be open from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Although the decision wasn’t easy, the owners wrote that running Booksweet has “been the honor and privilege of a lifetime.”

“We can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve given us as we nurtured Booksweet into being. And we’re hoping that you’ll continue to support the shop, our family, and each other as we lean into the next chapter together,” the owners wrote on their website.

Anyone interested in taking over Booksweet should reach out via email to [email protected].

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