No stranger to 'alternative' bookstore concepts, BookXcess is already making waves with the launch of its latest outlet
BookXcess at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang is the bookstore's eight outlet, but the very first venture outside of the Klang Valley.
Spanning over 26,000 sq ft, the outlet - dubbed "The House of a Million Stories" - takes up the entire seventh floor and even parts of the eight floor.
The outlet's countless number of shelves hold a diverse catalogue of over a million books, but two in particular are rendering people speechless:
At the end of the 70 metre-long shelf is an archway that leads into a lovely section dedicated entirely to children's books
Children can roll around to their heart's content at the carpeted area or quietly enjoy their book at one of the kid-sized tables
Don't forget to admire the gorgeous art murals and sculptures while you're there!
Shoppers can also take a moment to breathe - or read a book! - by plopping themselves down on one of the many seating areas available within the store
BookXcess @ Gurney Paragon Mall also has two 'Cafe Wolf' corners if you need a quick way to refill an empty stomach or quench your thirst
Best of all, the "Red Readerhood" initiative has found a permanent home in the Gurney Paragon Mall outlet!
Fans of the annual Big Bad Wolf Books Sale will recognise the programme, which encourages shoppers to purchase a book to be donated to communities in need.
"We're probably the first bookstore in Malaysia that has a permanent section for CSR," said BookXcess founder Andrew Yap.
"Not only do we match the book [purchased by the customer], but we will actually go to the home and help them build libraries and read with them."
Donations made at the Penang outlet will benefit the following charities:
- House of Hope,
- The Salvation Army,
- St Joseph's Home, and
- Hope Worldwide Penang.
With a little something for everyone, BookXcess @ Gurney Paragon Mall is a must-visit for Penang lang and tourists alike!