For Daniel Mull, a new book store in central Lubbock is a second chance.
Mull, owner of the 2nd Chance Books store that opened Wednesday at 4206 50th St., said the new store's name is a play on words for secondhand books - as they specialize in offering a variety of pre-owned books - but it also has a deeper meaning.
“The way I define a second chance is an invitation to improve, and that philosophy infuses kind of everything we try to do,” Mull said. “It's not so much correcting something we did wrong, but an invitation to improve and that goes hand in hand with reading.”
Mull added that they specialize in nonfiction, and anything that would help improve people's reading skills.
“Books are about as abstract a product as you can get,” Mull said. “I just love the fact that it's somebody's life's work their best knowledge, the best way they could write it and present it all wrapped up in one product.”
Talking about how the concept for the new store started, Mull recalled being fresh out of college when he had a book store in San Marcos from 2008 until 2013. In 2013 he had as to shut down the store for various reasons, but never lost his interest in the concept.
“It's been bugging me ever since to try to open a store again and do it right this time,” Mull said. "Lubbock is also the first place I fell in love with, when I came here to finish college.”
Lubbock is a great place to incubate a new business while keeping the cost of operations low, he said.
Mull said he's been developing the 2nd Chance Books idea since 2017, and programmed all the systems for the store himself. He said he bought the building in 2018 and had to take out existing office space to renovate it.
They have installed three donation bins around town and people have been very generous in filling up these donation bins, Mull said.
After bringing the books back to the store, they process them through the systems that he has created. The ones that don't make it to the bookstore get boxed up for book sales that they are planning to have in the future, said Mull.
“We are going very slow, but very steady," he said. "It's a work in progress still, but we're trying to set it up as low cost as possible so that we can be here for a century.”
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: 2nd Chance Books: New Lubbock bookstore specializes in the secondhand