“We visited from time to time and we never saw one here,” said Chambers, who ran a bookstore in Altamonte Springs for five years and pastored a church there as well. “We always thought this area needed a good Christian bookstore.”
The store, which opened in mid-August, is chock full of merchandise including a variety of CDs featuring contemporary and traditional artists and groups, Bibles, Christian novels and books, apparel, children’s books, DVDs and more.
The shop also carries products for various denominations, including clergy and choir robes, communion supplies, banners and Sunday-school supplies, as well as drinks, snacks and free wi-fi.
Chambers said the decision to open the store came after plenty of soul searching and praying.
“We waited and thought about it, prayed and felt spiritually led to open a store here,” said Chambers, a native of Albany, Ga., who moved to Seminole County as a teenager. “So far, we’ve had nothing but a positive reaction from customers.”
The couple plan to relocate their Chambers of Gospel ministry from Altamonte Springs to Eustis and hope to offer a Bible study at the store in the future, he said. “It’ll probably be Sunday afternoons,” said Chambers, who also headed the gospel and contemporary singing group, The Chamber Singers, which included his wife and three children, who are now adults.
City officials were more than helpful in assisting with the bookstore’s opening: “The city put the love on us and embraced us,” Chambers said.
Store hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Chambers can be reached at 352-602-4475.
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