The first Helius Bookshop opened on Wells Street in Boston New Town neighbourhood in the early 1960’s. It was a large, shambling, literary bookstore with creaky wood floors and dust dating back to the early 1950’s. The closest thing we had to a computer was a plug-in cash register, pen and paper and a staff that knew every book in the store by heart.
The retail book industry has changed dramatically in the five decades since Helius beginnings. Along the way, we discovered that Helius could coexist with the huge national chains and thrive by finding unique locations and creating personal, full-service stores where you don’t expect to find them.