See above for our exciting new project - the Book Van (it's an ex-fire engine!) - we'll be using this beautiful vintage Citroen H van to take authors into schools around the Borders so children can meet a real, life author (or illustrator) and experience a 'pop-up' bookshop.
Based in the beautiful Scottish Borders village of St Boswells, The Mainstreet Trading Company is a destination bookshop & cafe which now boasts a deli and home shop. Husband and wife team, Rosamund and Bill de la Hey renovated the former auction house in 2008 to create a light and airy space filled with books and the smell of coffee.
In 2012 the shop was awarded Best Bookshop in The Telegraph Best Small Shops Awards and Independent Bookshop of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards.
Later that year work was completed in the barn behind the main shop to create Mainstreet Deli & Home, launched in November by Tom Kitchin. In 2014 the deli won Deli of the Year in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards.
“Our favourite place! Always very welcoming and friendly staff.” Susan & John Law
“Just as a bookshop should be – eat your hearts out WH Smith/Amazon et al!” Annie Dickson
“Lovely bookshop, interesting selection and the young adult children’s section is amazing.” Jane McNeil
“Wonderful shop! Excellent cafe. We’ll be back!” Helen Forster
“Shop is lovely, super atmosphere, very relaxing, friendly staff, great coffee & scones, excellent service, free wifi, books in the loo & loads of books displayed in a way that invites you to look & buy!” Deirdre Calderwood
“As the managing director of an independent publisher, and a member of the Independent Alliance, independent bookshops are extraordinarily important to us but I was moved to write having spent time in your shop. It is everything an independent bookshop should be: it has a strong, distinctive and very pleasing personality, a terrific selection of books, a sensationally good cafe (what great coffee!). I salute and congratulate you and understand exactly why you were Independent Bookseller of the Year last year.” Andrew Franklin, publisher Profile Books
“I love this place. We only go a couple of times a year but in the 8 or 9 times we've been there the food has been first class every time. Usually have soup and a cake for lunch. The soups are interesting and always delicious. The bread is the best I've had anywhere. The cakes are just wonderful - always fresh, and a beautiful and plentiful selection. The quality doesn't seem to vary and the lunch dishes I've seen going by to other tables look tempting and appetising. The coffee is good and the staff are nice. What more can I say? The bookshop is nice to browse in and there is also an interesting selection of (mainly small) antique items.” Taken from Tripadvisor review. Visited September 2012
“We knew about Main Street Trading but had never visited. That was until our daughter who is a teacher in London and needed a book which she couldn't source from any of the big branded book sellers and I emailed Main Street, admittedly more in hope than expectation. How wrong - they had the book in stock. That was the catalyst for us and we have become regular visitors - the book selection is quite outstanding and I never fail to find something interesting to take away. Really good soup - interesting sandwiches [made to order], tea, coffee, cakes, scones all served with a smile from the young enthusiastic staff. And now they have opened a deli and home-ware shop within the same complex. Great food - a comprehensive and interesting selection of books - extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff - what more do you need to enjoy an hour or two - maybe even buy some excellent artisan cheese or other deli delights to take home. Remember this is in a small Scottish Borders village not Highgate or Wimbledon village in London.” Taken from Tripadvisor website. Visited November 2012