Nanny Goat Books is located at 218 S. Clay St. | Courtesy of Facebook

Louisville is home to a new independent bookstore called Nanny Goat Books.

The new, used and vintage book shop, located at 218 S. Clay St., gets its name from the alley next door Nanny Goat Strut.

Nanny Goat Books is owned by Sarah Gardiner and Josiah Davis. Both are in their 20s and part of the publishing industry locally. Davis also is owner of JD Book Services, a professional editing company for self-published or indie authors.

“There are a ton of amazing local authors we are getting in touch with,” Gardiner said. “We really wanted to be able to highlight the amazing art and creativity going on.”

Nanny Goat Books’ shelves are mostly stocked with new and used popular fiction novels, she said, but one bookcase is currently filled with local authors, and they hope to quickly add to that section of the store.

“We really love having them here, and we are hoping to do events as well where they are doing signings or readings and really show what’s going on in the Louisville writing community,” Gardiner said. Nanny Goat Books also will participate in local flea markets and other events.

The 750-square-foot book shop is currently a two-person operation.

“It’s a pretty small operation,” she said, adding: “The best part about being small is there is a constantly revolving inventory.”

In the age of the Kindle and other digital reading technology, Gardiner said she still finds that people, including those who grew up with technology, still want to hold a physical book in their hands.

“I think reading a book on paper is just so different, it’s just such a different experience,” she said, adding that it offers a break from staring at digital screens. And “one of the things that I really love about our shop is we have a ton of vintage books, books you would never think to look for online.”

The bookstore will host a grand opening celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22.

Its hours of operation, which may shift in the future, are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

Caitlin Bowling

Caitlin Bowling

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]