High Peak Bookstore and Café opened in 2000, as 'Bookstore Brierlow Bar' on the site of the former Bagshaw's garage on Ashbourne Road, just outside of Buxton . Proprietor David McPhie brought his experience in selling books and records to Buxton, after his previous successes at Hassop Station, and the renowned record store 'Some Kind of Mushroom', in Chesterfield.
Originally Bookstore Brierlow Bar occupied half of the building. When the other half became available, David bought the site and extended the bookstore across all 5,000 square feet.
The bookstore's success happened almost immediately, and is partly down to its perfect location, in the heart of the Peak District, which is easily accessed from cities and towns including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, Chesterfield.
The popularity of the surrounding towns of Buxton, Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock, as well as the many outdoor attractions of the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorland, make High Peak Bookstore and Café an ideal location, and a destination on its own merits.
In the summer of 2016, the bookstore saw a key change, as David McPhie stepped back to semi-retire, handing responsibility over to daughter Louisa, who had been working as a teacher. Benefiting from the same energy and creative imagination that motivated her father, Louisa has embraced this opportunity, and has already made big changes to secure a bright future for the bookshop.
Louisa opened our coffee shop in September 2016. This has proved to be a real success, and a welcome facility for our customers. The coffee shop is managed by Louisa McPhie's friend, Lisa Hutchinson, who had also been working as a teacher before taking on the café manager role.
Our prime focus will always be on books though, and, working with bookstore manager Liz Mycock, and with some initial guidance from David, Louisa has now taken on the responsibility for book-buying – ensuring that we maintain our reputation for quality titles on a wide range of specialised subjects, our literature and children's sections – and non-book sales such as our greeting cards.
2017 has already seen further exciting changes, including the opening of our new kitchen to serve light meals at lunchtimes. Perhaps most noticeable is our change of name. We are now called 'High Peak Bookstore and Café', which more accurately defines the broader geographical and cultural position our customers recognise we occupy.
We'll keep our website updated with the latest news and events from High Peak Bookstore and Café, so make sure you bookmark us, follow us on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and of course visit us soon.