As British author Neil Gaiman put it, “a book is a dream that you hold in your hand”, the truth supported by Haepi Bookstore, an establishment situated in the centre of the capital city, Kigali, at Ubumwe Grande building; you won’t certainly miss it, the “Books & Convenience” sign words will seduce you to enter the bookstore.
It’s in the morning of the 23rd January 2017 that Haepi Bookstore opened with a vision of being East Africa’s most customer-centric bookstore that provides convenience and timeliness as well as top class experience to shoppers of knowledge and information.
Less than a year in operations, many have visited the cocoon but one may wonder...what is special about this place? Which services do they offer? And who dares to walk in? Well let’s talk a bit about the perfect bookstore.
What makes Haepi Bookstore unique is not just the fact that it is only a bookstore in city centre but also the cut-tailored services that they offer. If you are a book nerd or looking to spend some quality time, here are some of the services customised for your pleasure.
Library Services: Haepi Bookstore offers different library services with a wide collection of books ranging from fiction, literature, novels and magazines to newspapers and children story books... in fact, every genre is there and you will enjoy that calm and delightful place it is.
Book Shopping: Interested in buying a good book, then Haepi Bookstore is the perfect place for you and if you don’t want to move a toe to the shop, then order it via their website and it will be delivered to your residence or workplace immediately at no added cost.
Events and Meetings: Haepi Bookstore hosts events and meetings such as book clubs meetings, Books Signing and Readings, Reader’s coffee time for adults, Story time for children aged 2 to 5 years, Guided reading time for children aged 6 to 12 years, Bookworms Coffee Time and courses for aspiring authors, just to mention but a few.
Coffee, Snacks and free Wi-Fi: If you are an on-go reader, the bookstore comprises of a coffee shop corner where you can sit and read or enjoy surfing on the internet.
Haepi Bookstore which vows to help in developing the reading culture in Rwanda, provides to clients with a carefully chosen mix of bestseller and high interest books as well as other print and audio-visual materials, in different categories and ranges of prices, reflecting the unique character of the sub-region’s diverse population.
On a bonus note, being a member of Haepi Bookstore costs almost nothing as the annual membership costs only 10,000frw for an adult and 5,000frw for the under twelve years old. Members may borrow books from Haepi library for a minimal fee, enjoy 5% discount on book purchases, host their book-related events at Haepi Bookstore for free, be the first to be informed of new releases, top book arrivals and discount offers, all that for the next 365 days after joining the Haepi bookworm family.
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” -Neil Gaiman. Has Kigali got a bookstore now? Definitely yes, Haepi Bookstore, call it Books One-Stop Centre. What are you waiting for? Check it out today!