Books

Snead State Community College student Wendy Martinez picks out a few books at Shades of Pemberley, Albertville’s new bookstore.

Sand Mountain hasn’t had a bookstore in a long time, but with a little inspiration from Jane Austen, that has changed.

Albertville resident Brandi Atchison has brought her love for reading to her hometown and is now the owner and operator of Shades of Pemberley, Albertville’s go-to source for books of all genres and themes.

“It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for the past five years or so,” Atchison said. “It’s been a slow process for sure, but the Lord just said it’s time.”

The name Shades of Pemberley is inspired by one of Atchison’s favorite books, “Pride and Prejudice,” Austen’s signature classic.

The bookstore is located on South Broad Street in Albertville. Parking is available across the street in the open parking lot behind Maters and Somewhere on Main.

As for now, the bookstore is in its infancy. Atchison is busy unboxing, pricing and stocking books, but customers are already pouring in.

“We’ve been talking about this for a while,” said Snead State Community College student Wendy Martinez. “This is something we’ve needed.”

Martinez and her boyfriend Ben Henson always have a book in their hand. Martinez said she enjoys fantasy, science fiction and even a little teen romance, while Henson enjoys mainly science fiction and fantasy.

Atchison said her hope is to offer books of all genres.

“We have anything and everything,” she said. “We have it all. I want to expand my local author section. My plan is to grow it bigger than it is now. I am going to eventually have a space for coffee and tea. I just want it to be a relaxing environment for everyone needing a book.”

Shades of Pemberley is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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