Pierce (Roche), the founder of Logie Bookshop, first came to Logie Steading in 1999 and immediately thought what a fantastic location it could be for a second-hand bookshop. The other businesses already made an interesting collection to entice visitors and he felt that a bookshop could fit in well. The business was originally named “Pagoda Books” and had as its motif the pagoda shape that was invented by a local architect called Charles Doug and much used as a ventilator on Speyside distilleries. The shop was smaller to begin with and was located behind the current one. It opened for business in Spring 1999.
The shop moved to the current premises when they became available around 2000 and was filled with handmade bespoke bookcases in pine. For a long time afterwards, customers would savour the smell of pine along with books - a unique and delectable mix to many.
Pierce set out to have the best collection of whisky books as well as an extensive collection of Scottish books and true antiquarian books. With room for 20,000 he was able to indulge in buying stock from near and far to fill the shelves with an extensive range of subjects.
Pierce ran the shop for six years before retiring and it was taken over by Helen Trussell, a familiar face to many at Logie Steading. She too ran the shop until her own retirement in 2017. During this time Helen saw many changes at the Steading including, in 2012, the move of the Café to its current location from where the Gallery can be found today.
In 2017 Logie Bookshop was taken on by Ruth (who had previously worked for Helen) and her partner Annie. They brought a splash of colour to the shop and, along with their sprocker Gus, became part of the Logie family. They steered the shop through the challenging ‘Covid’ years and out the other side before deciding to retire to spend more time doing the things they love which include rowing, wild swimming and going for country walks with the ever faithful Gus.
The last 12 months and beyond
This brings us to 2022 when myself, Jan, and partner Stuart took the Bookshop on. I had previously worked in the shop part time for 5 years, as well as in the Logie Art Gallery, so am already a well known face at the Steading. Our aim is to continue the good work of all our predecessors during our custodianship of this well loved shop.
Since taking the shop on, we have begun to introduce a range of new books, mostly with a local/Scottish theme, along with a range of splendid new books for children. We also have a section to promote local authors and will be hosting events including book signings and author talks/readings and hopefully some storytelling events for children. For example, we recently welcomed A G Rivett, author of The Isle Fincara Trilogy, to the Bookshop. He gave a wonderful reading of his eagerly anticipated second book of the series due out later in 2023.
We have expanded the range of gifts available in the shop with more beautiful notebooks, journals and bookmarks including fabulous designs from the Museums & Galleries collection, greetings cards with vintage book cover/bookshelf designs from the Bodleian Library plus a small range of high quality jigsaws and games for children and adults.
Our first year has flown by and we have been busy making some minor changes to the layout of the shop. We are building a wonderful team of staff who all bring different skills and much enthusiasm so hopefully the shop will continue to go from strength to strength. We are greatly appreciative of all our customers and their supportive comments and valued custom. Thank you all for supporting the local businesses here at Logie Steading.
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