B-Books to open up expanded operations in Covington's arts district

B-Books has outgrown their space on East 8th Street in downtown Cincinnati and will open up a new, expanded office in the heart of Covington's arts district at 116 Pike Street (map).

Owner Jamie Bryant says that the company now employs nine full-time employees, and does editing and design work for 19 textbooks each year.  In addition, B-Books also publishes Kiki - a magazine for young girls.

"Kiki is a magazine for girls who love life, appreciate creativity, and recognize good ideas. A Kiki reader thinks for herself, has her own look, and is on her way to being a confident, strong, and smart young woman," said owner Jamie Bryant.  "She's a girl with style and substance!"

The new 3,200 square-foot Covington office space offers Bryant room to grow the company that started several years ago out of her home.  B-Books purchased the Pike Street building from the City of Covington in October for $160,000 and plans to move into the space in early March 2010.

"We just started full construction last week, and more than anything the former tanning salon space just needs a lot of internal work," said Bryant.  "A lot of the renovation work is focusing on conservation of resources with improvements like high efficiency lighting, energy, and better insulation."

Looking long-term, Bryant hope to achieve sustainable unilateral growth over their two focuses, and says that the new space could eventually hold up to 15 full-time employees.

"We looked all over the city and this property fit our needs perfectly," said Bryant.  "The City of Covington was really welcoming, and it was just a wonderful experience.  It's a great neighborhood, and there was property there that fit all of our needs at a really affordable price."

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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