LaFleur Fine Books opens in Port Neches
PORT NECHES — Port Neches has a brand new book store — Fleur Fine Books.
Dale LaFleur, who previously owned Read ‘Em Again books on Nederland Avenue in Port Neches, purchased the Magnolia Room, a former rental event room and building located at 1720 Magnolia Ave.
Everything was going fine for a while but the bibliophile missed being a book store owner.
Then one day he called his friend Rick Beaulieu.
“He woke up one morning and called me and said you have 24 hours to talk me out of opening a new book store,” Beaulieu said. “By the time I called him back he had already ordered books.”
The new book store features all new books, about 300 signed books, some antiquarian books and took hundreds of man hours to get ready for opening.
LaFleur is cognizant that the printed books aren’t as popular as they once were but that there will always be book lovers. He constantly checks online sales prices and is “very cost conscious,” he said.
The shop has a Frequent Buyers Club that for every $100 spent, if your name is on the mailing lost, you’ll get a 10 percent discount, up to $10, off your next purchase.
Beaulieu, store manager, said they have made major strides from the former store and have learned much through the experiences.
The book store has a little bit of everything from hardcover fiction to science fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, romance, westerns and children’s books and adult coloring books.
Both LaFleur and Beaulieu are huge sci-fan fans, they said.
“By the time we’re finished (ordering books) we’ll have the biggest sci-fi section between Houston and Lafayette,” LaFleur said.
The shop also features hard case crime books which are making a comeback and written in an older style of hard boiled crime writing. There is also Manga comic books and graphic novels and bound collections of comics from the 1950s and 1960s.
Row after row of books shows Dr. Who titles, Gail Carriger’s steampunk style books, Laurell K. Hamilton’s vampire hunter novels and George R. R. Martin’s popular A Song of Fire and Ice series of epic fantasy novels as well as cookbooks by chefs Mario Batali, Rachel Ray and Anne Burrell, westerns by Elmer Kelta, John Stone, Zane Grey and Ralph Cotton in addition to highly popular romance novels.
On Nov. 19 LaFleur Fine Books will host a book signing for author Joe R. Landsale. Lansdale is an East Texas native and resident and the brains behind the Hap and Leonard private investigator series which has been adapted for the Sundance Channel as well as the books Bubba Ho-Tep, Christmas with the Dead, Cold in July and Incident On and Off a Mountain Road which have been adapted for film.
Fleur Fine Books is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The entrance to the store is on Seventh Street, look for the green awning.
Mary Meaux: 409-721-2429