Nolensville Book Nook is more than just a new kid’s bookstore

A love of books has become a new business venture for two local moms.

Nestled inside Nolensville’s historic downtown corridor, The Nolensville Book Nook opened on July 31 and is now the only kid’s bookstore in the town.

Hundreds passed through the store during its recent grand opening event. Families and kids flocked to shelves filled with colorful books, looking for classics and new pieces to add to their home collections.

“We had, of course, a lot of friends and family come to support us, but some (of the people who stopped by were) were people in Nolensville that were just really excited, that we hadn’t met before,” co- owner Jessica Bates said.

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Bates, a writer, lives in Murfreesboro, but she’s been friends with co-owner Dr. Liz Kiilerich-Bowles, a longtime teacher and Nolensville resident, since their middle school days.

It was Kiilerich-Bowles’ idea to start a book store in Nolensville. And she drew from personal experience.

“As an educator for 15 years and a mom of three, (ages) 7 and under, I’ve seen the incredible impact of a good book—the lessons learned, the thoughtful conversations started, the connections made and the pure joy and excitement ,” Kiilerich-Bowles said.

As a writing group founder and self-published author, Bates immediately agreed.

“One way that I love to connect with anyone is through books and reading,” she said. “So I think fostering a love of reading early in a person’s life is so important and sets them up to be lifelong learners and readers.

The women began the store as a monthly pop-up in October 2021, setting up shop in local businesses like Town Barre and Mill Creek Brewery.

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