DENVER — Next time you drive past the corner of 49th Avenue and Lowell Blvd in North Denver, do a double take. Regis 66, the 1940s-era auto service station has been recycled.
This space is now in the full-service business of fueling the love of reading – for free.
What started with a community book exchange between friends years ago, has grown into a way to recycle books back to this community and beyond. It’s also keeping a bit of history within the neighborhood.
“The family that we purchased it from, it had been in their family as a service station for 40 years. It was really emotional for them. They didn't want to see this property go to developers, so we worked it out for everybody's best interest to become a space that is used for community and community giving,” said Nicole Sullivan, founder of BookGive and BookBar, a north Denver bookstore and wine bar about a mile away.