Julie Beddingfield is the owner of Haddonfield’s Inkwood Books, which has just completed its first successful year as our only community bookstore. Julie – a Haddonfield resident for almost ten years -- was an environmental attorney who co-founded Sustainable Haddonfield and chaired our Environmental Commission. Last year, she was looking for a change that would give her more time with her 11-year-old twin boys, and turned for advice to her sister, who owns the Inkwood Bookstore in their hometown of Tampa, FL. After some serious discussions, Julie realized that opening her own bookstore was a perfect solution to a new career goal.
As a community bookstore, Inkwood Books is focused on Haddonfield’s children, and has a separate children’s reading room and a kids’ “book nook”. Julie sponsors events such as author signings, books clubs, and wine-and-cheese nights. She has been a life-long book lover, and her enthusiasm was contagious. She loves what she does – she admits she can’t compete on price with Barnes & Noble or Amazon, but makes up for it with great personal service. Many of us remember our Cabbages & Kings bookstore in the 1980s – which was the literary “place to be” for both kids and adults. Thanks to Julie, we now have a new place for great literature!