Ex-employee to reopen Morgan Adams Books under new name

ssloan@herald-leader.comJune 9, 2011 

Morgan Adams Books, a Meadowthorpe neighborhood fixture for more than 20 years, has closed, but the store will live on. A former employee plans to reopen it later this month under a new name.

Ron Davis, who had worked at the store at 1439 Leestown Road for nearly two years, bought its remaining stock and fixtures.

Davis and writer Crystal Wilkinson plan to open The Wild Fig Bookstore by June 20, although the date might change, Wilkinson said.

"We're hoping to keep the tradition of Morgan Adams," she said. "I've lived in the neighborhood myself for 18 years now. Ron has worked there. We're excited to have it and want to do a few updates."

The two have been working into the wee hours lately, examining the various books in inventory and purging some of the oldest to make room for a "smattering" of new titles. "We're basically going to keep all the categories but also offer new books by some of the local publishing houses," Wilkinson said.

The name of the store was inspired by native Kentucky author Gayl Jones.

"We're both fans, ... and she uses a wild fig as an image in a lot of her writing," Wilkinson said.

They hope to open a coffee shop inside the store, with organic coffees and local offerings, she said. To stay abreast of the store's opening plans, go to Facebook.com/thewildfigbooks.

The pair have the blessing of Morgan Adams owner Mary Morgan, who chose to close the store to concentrate on her other store, Sqecial Media on South Limestone.

"I wanted to scale back my workload," she said this week. "Sqecial Media has always taken more of my time, as it's a bigger-volume store."

The bookstore got its name from Morgan's daughter, Morgan Adams, now 24.

"We started it when she was a baby, and she grew up there, riding her tricycle around and around," Morgan said. "She was sad about it. I was sad about it, but ultimately for my peace of mind, it was a good thing to do."

Reach Scott Sloan at (859) 231-1447 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1447.

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