Full Circle Book Co-op hopes to open downtown bookstore, creative space

By Helen Conzemius, for SiouxFalls.Business

A new business is working to open a used bookstore and creative writing space.

The Full Circle Book Co-op was founded by Jason Kurtz and Sion Lidster. They share a passion for the written word and thought Sioux Falls could use a space for its writing community to gather.

“There’s so much talent in Sioux Falls, and we need a space to accommodate it,” Kurtz said.

Rapid City has four independent bookstores, he pointed out.

Jason Kurzt and Sion Lidster hope to open a nonprofit book co-op.

The Full Circle Book Co-op is looking for a space in or near downtown. The plan is to offer classes for writers on publication and marketing as well as special events such as a game night, slam poetry open mic, book clubs, performance art and art shows. The hope is to function similar to a coffee shop with late hours and some snacks and beverages.

The business model includes memberships with perks such as discounted food, books and access to event space and classes.

“We are still searching for the perfect location to satisfy the various need of the creative community,” Kurtz said.

In the meantime, they are holding a book drive Saturday, June 17, to raise money for Full Circle’s launch. People can drop off books from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3101 S. Carter Place, with food and drinks provided.

For information on upcoming events, follow Full Circle Book Co-op on Facebook.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated since it was first published to correct the business model, the spelling of Jason Kurtz and details on Saturday’s book drive.

Full Circle Book Co-op hopes to open downtown bookstore, creative space

A new business is working to open a used bookstore and creative writing space.

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