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. [1] 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 [2] baseball, and I love watching baseball. I’m a southpaw. // One of the [3] 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...

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"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. . .

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