Lyon Books opened in November 2003 as an independent bookstore in downtown Chico, selling quality new and used books and unique gifts. We quickly became a venue for local authors and poets, many of whom have presented their latest works in our store.
In March, 2013, we moved to 135 Main Street, Chico.
Our grand opening event was a knockout. In town to speak at CSU Chico, Garrison Keillior, reknown author and creator and host of Prairie Home Companion, agreed to stop in our store to speak and sign books.
2005: Holiday radio ad.
2005: Spring radio ad.
2004: Holiday radio ad starring Bess and Olivia!
Nice coverage in Steve Brown’s column for Chico Enterprise Record:
Many Chicoans seem to clamor for specific businesses to come to town. Trader Joe’s is an obvious example. And then there are some businesses that many people feel are wrong for Chico. I like to focus on businesses that are already here that are just right.
Lyon Books, which opened early this year next to the Post Office on Fifth Street, is one of them. It’s exactly the kind of business that can help turn City Plaza into a vortex of downtown energy. But more importantly, it gives downtown a locally owned bookstore with a personable and attentive staff and a thoughtfully chosen selection of new and used books. If you don’t see the book you want, the staff will order it for you and do whatever it takes to make sure it gets into your hands.
The way to get rid of undesirable businesses is to boycott them, so I suggest just the opposite for Lyon. Call it a shop-in. Book lovers should patronize this business on a regular basis to browse, of course, but also to spend money there. Judging by the popularity of the weekly Friends of the Library book sale, Chico has hundreds of book lovers. They should include Lyon on their regular book-hunting circuit. Read entire article
Heather wrote a nice article for the Chico Enterprise Record: