We’ve been hearing a lot about this new cookbook store on lower King Street, and it hasn’t even opened yet. The owners of the forthcoming Heirloom Book Company also run Palmetto Distributing Co. and obviously have a love for all things food (and wine). Owner Brad Norton is an avid collector of books on the subject and has amassed more than 4,000 rare, out-of-print books, which will serve as some of the inventory. The shop promises to become a center for food arts as they plan to have classes, demos, and signings in addition to being a pickup spot for local Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions.

Tonight, they’ll host a sneak preview in their space at 123 King St. during the art walk, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., showcasing food photography by Squire Fox.

I wonder if they’ have a copy of Modernist Cuisine, that five-volume tome by Nathan Myhrvold that breaks down modern cooking to its scientific essence. I can’t afford to drop 500 bucks on it, but I’d sure love to paw through it.

Honestly, as a book nerd and food lover, I can’t wait to paw through all the stacks and see what they’ve got. Heirloom Book Co. sounds like a welcome new option for downtown shoppers. And they’re in a good area, down near Bin 152 and Husk, a section of town that’s proving to be a much-needed hub of new blood. Could Lower King be the new Upper King?

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