A new chapter
Keller native opens indie bookstore with city's first co-working space coming soon
Thanks to a Keller native, Keller now has its own independent bookstore.
Hayley Smith, an interior designer by trade with a permanent thirst for reading, has opened A House With Books in Keller Town Center, at 1101 Bear Creek Pkwy. The 500-square-foot space offers fiction, non-fiction, children’s, young adult, and Christian books, along with an array of gifts, paper goods, a handful of home décor items, and complimentary hot tea.
“I'm a lifelong reader and it's always been my most beloved hobby and passion,” says Smith, who resides in Keller with her husband and two children. “Bookstores are my favorite places, and I've wanted to open one since I was a little girl. I believe it's so important for a town to have a bookstore, and I've dreamed of serving Keller in this way for a few years now.”
Smith had already built a strong following for her design and fashion tips on her Instagram page, also titled A House with Books. The page originally referred to her own home. She’s since added a dedicated bookstore page with the handle @ahousewithbooksshop.
The store shares space with Headquarters, Keller’s first co-working space set to open this spring by Smith’s friends, Erik and Missy Reynolds. Headquarters will offer first-come-first-serve and dedicated desk space available with monthly plans than range from one to five days a week. (There’s even a “side hustle” plan that provides for evening and weekend access.)
Both businesses combine for about 1,600 square feet and are located across from expansive Keller parks, trails, and duck ponds.
“It's a peaceful environment where our customers are welcome to browse the shelves for as long as they like,” says Smith. “I love recommending books to people and I personally handpick our entire stock of books.”
A House With Books is still in soft opening mode operating with “pop-up hours” of 9:30 am-1:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Smith has plans to gradually expand hours, as well as launch a book club and Saturday morning story time.
Customers can shop online anytime at www.ahousewithbooks.com.