After 15 years of business, the friendly neighbourhood local bookstore, BooksActually is closing its physical store in Tiong Bahru. But it’s not a goodbye forever – owner Kenny Leck announced on Facebook that the store is moving its business online.
Opened in 2005 by Kenny and then co-owner Karen Wai, BooksActually has had physical locations at Telok Ayer, Ann Siang Hill and finally, Tiong Bahru. Over the last few years, the store fought hard to stay at its Yong Siak Street location. Every successful fundraising effort bought it a little more time to stay open. Two years ago, the store launched a campaign to raise $2 million for a permanent space and sold actual bricks for $50 each. It’s well-loved by many looking for local reads, niche magazines, and a curated collection international bestsellers. But the real draw is its three famous store cats – Lemon, Pico and Cake.