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Changing Hands to Open Friday, May 30, at The Newton in Phoenix

Good news, bookworms.

Longtime Tempe literary staple Changing Hands Bookstore has announced that its Phoenix location at The Newton, 300 West Camelback Road, will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30.

See also: Southwest Gardener to Move to The Newton in Phoenix

The Newton is a 17,227-square-foot mixed-use multi-tenant space at the former location of Beef Eaters. Venue Projects and John Douglas Architects are behind the adaptive reuse project.

See also: Slideshow - Inside Changing Hands Bookstore at The Newton in Central Phoenix

On Thursday, May 29, Changing Hands released a statement on the impending opening of its second location:

"There may be some kinks with our systems to work out, but we're ready to open and welcome you to a fresh, new independent bookstore in the heart of central Phoenix. . . We're planning a proper grand opening celebration for later this summer, and we'll be bringing lots of author events downtown as well. For now, though, we're open for business. All we need is you."

The new space has an industrial feel with exposed duct work, concrete floors, slate gray walls, dark shelving, and a few remnants from the building's days as Beef Eaters, including a pair of chandeliers and two large fireplaces. Changing Hands co-owner Cindy Dach describes the a color scheme as reminiscent of the Oregon coastline.

Unlike the Tempe location, Changing Hands in Phoenix boasts a coffee, beer, and wine bar called First Draft and a large community meeting room that will host literary events and sometimes serve as a hangout space.

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At the new store, which Dach describes as the urban version of the Tempe shop, shoppers will find different gift lines and fewer used, on-sale, and children's books. Used book trading will not be available until August.

After its opening night, Changing Hands' Phoenix hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Dach says hours may change come fall, but they'll depend on the community response to the store's summer hours.

The Newton, which is also home to Justin Beckett's Southern Rail, will have a grand opening later this year.

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