The Holley Bookstore at UUCL sells mainly Unitarian Universalist related books from the UUA Bookstore and Fair Trade products from Equal Exchange and Hope for Women. The bookstore is located in the Fellowship Hall, near the piano. We are open for business most Sundays before and after the 11:00 a.m. church service. The bookstore exists primarily to promote awareness and availability of UU-related books and materials and Fair Trade products. Products are priced so that a small profit is returned to the Church. Kroger gift cards are also sold at the bookstore for the benefit of our church.
For the most part, we order books from the UUA Bookstore and our own UUCL authors. Occasionally we will add other books, particularly if we have had a speaker at church who has written a book that we think would be of interest to our congregation. We gladly promote and carry books by UUCL authors and welcome suggestions that people may have.
We carry Fair Trade products from Equal Exchange and Hope for Women. We began participating in Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Program several years ago and we currently sell a representative line of their products, including coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate and snacks. We continue to add new Equal Exchange products as they are introduced. Our congregation has been very receptive to these new offerings. Our gift-wrapped minis have become our signature item and fly off the table, especially before holidays. We also sell beautiful handmade Fair Trade greeting cards from Hope for Women. We were the first place in Lexington, KY to carry Hope for Women’s India collection greeting cards, then their El Salvador collection. Other stores have since followed our lead. We are still the only place in town where you will find Hope for Women’s attractive tagua bracelets made by women in Columbia.
The Holley Bookstore is named for Horace Holley (February 13, 1781 – July 31, 1827), a leading educator and Unitarian minister of his day. He was recruited from Boston, Massachusetts to serve as Transylvania University’s president during the period Lexington was known nationally as “The Athens of the West.” During his tenure (1818-1827), Transylvania University flourished. Rev. Holley was eventually forced out of his position by conservative religious and political forces.