Turning the Tide book store starts new chapter at Regina laundromat

If Peter Garden has his way, people in Regina will start visiting the laundromat to find a good read.

Peter Garden opens satellite store at Come Clean laundromat

Tria Donaldson and Brad Olson, some of Turning the Tide's first Regina customers, check out the new store. (Submitted by Robyn Pitawanakwat)

Garage sales, libraries and gift shops are some of the logical places to look for a new book.

But if Peter Garden has his way, people in Regina will start visiting the laundromat to find a good read.

For 13 years, Garden has been running the independent bookstore Turning the Tide in Saskatoon's Broadway shopping district.

But this month he launched a satellite location at the Come Clean Laundromat in Regina.

Garden told CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend, his friends who own the laundry suggested the idea.

The new Turning the Tide satellite store in Regina. (Submitted by Robyn Pitawanakwat)

"Maybe some people are coming to buy books and they have a basket of dirty laundry that they can bring down with them too," said Garden.

"Two birds with one stone."

Garden said the laundromat store was a trial to test the waters before opening a more permanent shop in Regina.

He said the new store would have a similar collection, but not the same as the one in Saskatoon.

"I don't expect Regina readers to want exactly the same thing as Saskatoon and I think we're going to find out as we get feedback as to what people are looking for," said Garden.

The new store is located on the 2000 block of Osler Street near Victoria Avenue.

With files from CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend