HHB in the News
"My Favorite Things: Head House Books Owner Richard De Wyngaert"
by Emily Goulet, Philly Mag
My days are not terribly typical. I’m an early riser, driven by my puppy, Arnold, a French bulldog. I live in Society Hill with my family — I have a wife and three children. // We have this mushroom growth of great cafes everywhere. I start my morning at Bodhi Coffee or Milk & Honey.  P.S. & Co. — I wish I had designed this place! It’s so beautiful and yet rough around the edges. // I always wanted a bookstore; it was one of my dreams. I wanted to be a pitcher, too, but that was never going to happen. I love playing  baseball, and I love watching baseball. I’m a southpaw. // One of the  books that I love to sell to people is called Shantaram. It’s very philosophical, but it turns like a John Grisham novel. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is the longest 100-page book you’ll ever read. Straight Man is the funniest book I’ve read...
"A New Chapter"
by Joel Wee, Philadelphia Inquirer
Last month, Head House Books made more than 500 online, phone, and e-mail orders, a 40 percent rise from last year. Total revenues increased by 28 percent from last year, with in-store sales eclipsing online sales, he said.
Limited in-store space demands a tight selection, so 'there has to be a balance,' he said. 'I always want to eclipse people's expectations. If I stocked all the common titles, people would just get them online. I want someone to walk in and be surprised at what they see and walk out with a book they didn't expect to walk out with. . .