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Funding
Regulator Sustainability Fund
Keep Durham Regulated
Regulator Bookshop
Durham, United States
$38,090 USD raised by 231 backers
60% of $63,300 
flexible goal
10 days left
As the current owners of the Regulator are getting ready to retire, a new chapter in the bookshop's story is about to begin. Two employees, Elliot and Wander, have purchased the shop and are preparing it for this new adventure. For forty years, the Regulator has served as Ninth Street's community gathering place, and we've set up this Sustainability Fund to preserve and improve the shop's place in the community. We hope you'll join us in writing the next chapter for the Regulator Bookshop.

Welcome to the Regulator

 

Last December the Regulator Bookshop and the Durham community celebrated the Regulator’s 40th anniversary. Forty years during which the Regulator Bookshop has become an anchor of Ninth Street and an iconic part of Durham.

 

Over the decades great literature, local culture and a diversity of views & opinions have been celebrated with readings & discussions at the Regulator. We have hosted readings by Al Gore, Martin Amis, Mike Krzyzewksi, Dean Smith, Vivian Howard, Margaret Maron, and Colson Whitehead just to name a few of more than a thousand amazing writers and opinion makers.

 

Founders Tom Campbell and John Valentine have built a wonderful bookshop, one of national renown and a strong foundation for us to build on.

 

Even with the advent of online ordering and e-readers, there is nothing like browsing the shelves of a bookshop: flipping through books, encountering unfamiliar authors & titles, sharing recommendations, and meeting with friends.

 

We believe that a vibrant independent bookshop is a cornerstone  of a thriving city like Durham, especially in these tumultuous times.

 

In addition to our investment, this sustainability fund is to ensure the Regulator remains on Ninth St. and helps to expand the mission of the store. The fund will also help cover upgrades to the store itself. Specifically:

 

  • Upgrade/ purchase inventory & point of sale system
  • Upgrade fixtures, signage, and wallspace
  • Remodel front counter and checkout area
  • Renovations to the office, shipping & receiving area
  • Cover fees associated with the purchase
  • Develop new website & stronger online presence

 

We want to especially emphasize the store’s independence by:

  • Curating the best selection of independent press (the number of which is rapidly growing) titles, books in translation, university press titles, black & cultural studies (in addition to always carrying the bestsellers).
  • Ensuring that our book selection, in particular in our children and young adult sections, is more reflective of Durham's vibrant community.
  • Increasing our selection of Spanish language books. 

In other words, a place to come to find literary, cultural, political & local gems that get overlooked by the media & mainstream bookstores.

Additionally, we hope to develop a community literacy outreach program in cooperation with existing organizations and set up an annual literary festival.

If you share this vision please contribute to our Regulator Sustainability Fund. As a token of our gratitude we have set up a ‘perks’ list matching the amount you feel comfortable giving. 

If you cannot donate but still want to contribute please help us spread the word by sharing this page on social media, emailing your friends, or just telling someone about it! Thanks.

 

 

 

Perks
$150
USD
+ Shipping
A Book by Joe & Terry Graedon
Your choice of a new, signed book by Joe and Terry Graedon of the People’s Pharmacy. You can choose between Spice Up Your Health and The Graedons’ Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis. Joe and Terry Graedon are exactly the type of great local authors you’ll find at the Regulator.
Items included:
  • Book by Joe and Terry Graedon
0 out of 30 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$25
USD
Bookmark and thanks
Limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
30 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$50
USD
Regulator coffee mug
What goes better with a good book than a hot coffee? And what could be better to drink a hot cup of coffee than a branded coffee mug? You'll also get a limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude!
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Coffee mug
87 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$75
USD
Regulator reading light
Keep reading even after the sun goes down! You'll also receive a limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Reading light
6 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
Regulator canvas messenger bag
Carry all you book and non-book items in style with this canvas Regulator messenger bag. You'll also receive a limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude!
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Messenger bag
40 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$200
USD
+ Shipping
Great books in translation
Three great books from three great publishers Just in time for the holidays, we’re offering three great books in translation published by small presses that we love. A Working Women by Elvira Navarro, Frontier by Can Xue, and A Zero-Sum Game by Edwardo Rabasa published by Two Lines Press, Open Letter, and Deep Vellum Publishing respectively.
Items included:
  • Three great books
5 out of 35 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$500
USD
All of the above!
Wow, here's a whole mess of things with the Regulator logo on it. You'll receive the reading light, the canvas messenger bag, the coffee mug, the bookmark, and the big thanks on our wall of gratitude!
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
8 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$750
USD
Bookcase dedication
Have a favorite section at the shop? We'll name the bookcase after you (space pending). You'll also receive a bunch of Regulator branded stuff, including a messenger bag, reading light, coffee mug, and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
  • Bookcase dedication
7 out of 12 claimed
Estimated March 2017
Estimated March 2017
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Gold membership
For your generosity you'll receive one year of the coveted Gold membership at the Regulator. That means you'll get 20% off almost all of your purchases and special orders. Plus you'll get the limited edition Regulator canvas messenger bag, coffee mug, reading light, and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
  • Gold membership
2 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$2000
USD
Double gold membership
Incredible! For your generosity, you'll receive two years of the Regulator gold membership. Meaning you'll get 20% off almost all of your purchases and specials orders at the shop. You'll also get the special Regulator canvas messenger bag, reading light, coffee mug, and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
  • Gold membership
1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
As the current owners of the Regulator are getting ready to retire, a new chapter in the bookshop's story is about to begin. Two employees, Elliot and Wander, have purchased the shop and are preparing it for this new adventure. For forty years, the Regulator has served as Ninth Street's community gathering place, and we've set up this Sustainability Fund to preserve and improve the shop's place in the community. We hope you'll join us in writing the next chapter for the Regulator Bookshop.
Perks
$150
USD
+ Shipping
A Book by Joe & Terry Graedon
Your choice of a new, signed book by Joe and Terry Graedon of the People’s Pharmacy. You can choose between Spice Up Your Health and The Graedons’ Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis. Joe and Terry Graedon are exactly the type of great local authors you’ll find at the Regulator.
Items included:
  • Book by Joe and Terry Graedon
0 out of 30 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$25
USD
Bookmark and thanks
Limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
30 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$50
USD
Regulator coffee mug
What goes better with a good book than a hot coffee? And what could be better to drink a hot cup of coffee than a branded coffee mug? You'll also get a limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude!
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Coffee mug
87 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$75
USD
Regulator reading light
Keep reading even after the sun goes down! You'll also receive a limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Reading light
6 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
Regulator canvas messenger bag
Carry all you book and non-book items in style with this canvas Regulator messenger bag. You'll also receive a limited edition Regulator bookmark and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude!
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Messenger bag
40 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$200
USD
+ Shipping
Great books in translation
Three great books from three great publishers Just in time for the holidays, we’re offering three great books in translation published by small presses that we love. A Working Women by Elvira Navarro, Frontier by Can Xue, and A Zero-Sum Game by Edwardo Rabasa published by Two Lines Press, Open Letter, and Deep Vellum Publishing respectively.
Items included:
  • Three great books
5 out of 35 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$500
USD
All of the above!
Wow, here's a whole mess of things with the Regulator logo on it. You'll receive the reading light, the canvas messenger bag, the coffee mug, the bookmark, and the big thanks on our wall of gratitude!
Items included:
  • Bookmark
  • Thanks on the wall
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
8 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$750
USD
Bookcase dedication
Have a favorite section at the shop? We'll name the bookcase after you (space pending). You'll also receive a bunch of Regulator branded stuff, including a messenger bag, reading light, coffee mug, and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
  • Bookcase dedication
7 out of 12 claimed
Estimated March 2017
Estimated March 2017
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Gold membership
For your generosity you'll receive one year of the coveted Gold membership at the Regulator. That means you'll get 20% off almost all of your purchases and special orders. Plus you'll get the limited edition Regulator canvas messenger bag, coffee mug, reading light, and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
  • Gold membership
2 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$2000
USD
Double gold membership
Incredible! For your generosity, you'll receive two years of the Regulator gold membership. Meaning you'll get 20% off almost all of your purchases and specials orders at the shop. You'll also get the special Regulator canvas messenger bag, reading light, coffee mug, and a big thanks on our wall of gratitude.
Items included:
  • Coffee mug
  • Reading light
  • Messenger bag
  • Gold membership
1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
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