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Fleur Fine Books welcomed to Port Neches

PORT NECHES — Word is spreading about the newest bookstore in the area — Fleur Fine Books.

The store, located at 1720 Magnolia Ave. in Port Neches, is the only store of its kind between Port Arthur and Beaumont, owner Dale LaFleur said while greeting a crowd of well-wishers from the Port Neches and Port Arthur chambers of commerce on Wednesday.

LaFleur previously owned Read ‘Em Again Books but the business was destroyed by a hurricane. He went back to school and started a different career but he missed his beloved books.

Members of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce browse through the aisles during the ribbon cutting for Fleur Fine Books on Wednesday. Mary Meaux/The News

Members of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce browse through the aisles during the ribbon cutting for Fleur Fine Books on Wednesday.
Mary Meaux/The News

Representatives of both chambers of commerce were on hand to help with a ribbon cutting after which its members dispersed and began to browse the aisles.

Debbie Plaia, executive director of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, swooped up a copy of a Peter Pan children’s popup book for her grandchildren.

Plaia placed the book on a nearby table and carefully flipped through the pages as music began to play. She closed the book with a smile.

“I’m so glad to see him (LaFleur) back,” Plaia said of LaFleur. “This is one of his passions and it’s nice to see him back doing what he loves to do. I’m glad he’s back in Port Neches and can’t wait to see all the new items he will soon unveil.”

Debbie Plaia, executive director of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, holds a copy of a book written by East Texas author John R. Lansdale during the ribbon cutting at Fleur Fine Books in Port Neches on Wednesday. Lansdale will hold a book signing at the bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

Debbie Plaia, executive director of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, holds a copy of a book written by East Texas author John R. Lansdale during the ribbon cutting at Fleur Fine Books in Port Neches on Wednesday. Lansdale will hold a book signing at the bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
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Fleur Fine Books will continue its grand opening celebration through the week and will host a book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday with author Joe. R Lansdale.

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.

Rick Beaulieu, store manager, said Lansdale is also known for having written episodes of the Batman animated series as well as the Jonah Hex animated series.

Fleur Fine Books held a ribbon cutting celebrating their grand opening along with members of the Port Neches and Port Arthur chambers of commerce on Wednesday. Mary Meaux/The News

Fleur Fine Books held a ribbon cutting celebrating their grand opening along with members of the Port Neches and Port Arthur chambers of commerce on Wednesday.
Mary Meaux/The News

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 under the green awning.

Mary Meaux: 409-721-2429

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