Our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

ALL DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Changing Hands 50th Anniversary Celebration


CHANGING HANDS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


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No fooling—Changing Hands Bookstore first opened its doors on April Fool's Day, 1974.

Join us Saturday, March 30 as we celebrate our 50th birthday a little early! We’ll have giveaways, yummy birthday treats, activities for the kids, all-day happy hour at our First Draft Book Bar, live music with Walt Richardson, the Guerrero Family, and DJ Rad Dude, and a toast by Changing Hands owners Gayle Shanks, Bob Sommer, and Cindy Dach. We'll also debut a limited-edition 50th anniversary tee-shirt designed by local artist Jon Arvizu.


Attendees at both Changing Hands locations will get $10 off a purchase of $50 or more. The first 200 customers to use the coupon will also get our new “Reading RX” pad—an updated version of the “Reading Prescription” pad which longtime customers will recognize from our days on Mill Avenue.

Changing Hands 50th Anniversary Coupon
Click here for printable coupon. Prefer not to print? Just show the coupon on your smartphone. See below for terms and conditions.

WHAT: $10 off your in-store purchase of $50 or more.
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2024, 9am to 8pm.
WHERE: In-store only at either Changing Hands location.
SEE: Terms and conditions below.*
WHAT ABOUT FIRST DRAFT? Sorry, but the coupon is not valid for purchases at our First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix. Enjoy all-day Happy Hour at the bar instead.


Changing Hands RX Pad


So save the date and read on to learn more about what we’ve got in store. And thank you for making Changing Hands your local independent bookstore! We wouldn’t be here without you, and we’re so grateful.
 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

TEMPE LOCATION

 

9am–5pm | Friendship Bracelet Craft for Kids. Stop by our children’s section to create friendship bracelets and book-inspired (or Changing Hands-inspired) paper chains! While supplies last

 

11:30am | 50th Anniversary Toast with Changing Hands owners Gayle Shanks, Bob Sommer, and Cindy Dach.

Changing Hands Owners
Left to Right: Gayle, Bob, Cindy.


12–1:45pm | The Guerrero Family (musical performance). Browse, shop, and enjoy some free treats while the Guerrero Family band plays music drawing inspiration from the diverse musical legacy of the Americas. Blending the musical idioms of Brazil, Mexico, and Latin America, their music expresses the multicultural musical mosaic of Arizona and the Southwest. Carmen and Zarco Guerrero have performed at a number of Changing Hands anniversary events, as far back as the 1980s on Mill Avenue. We’re thrilled to have them back, along with their talented children, for our 50th!
 

Guerrero Family
The Guerrero Family.

 

2–4pm | Walt Richardson (musical performance). Like the Guerrero Family, Valley legend Walt Richardson has been a friend of the store for decades and has performed at a number of Changing Hands anniversary celebrations. We’re honored to have him back for our 50th to perform while attendees enjoy browsing, fun activities, and birthday treats. Walt is a celebrated Valley music veteran in the Tempe area, where his humanitarian contributions to the music community and music in schools (with an emphasis on cultural diversity) have been recognized with numerous awards.



 

PHOENIX LOCATION


All Day Long | Happy Hour at our First Draft Book Bar. 

FD Book Bar
First Draft Book Bar.

 

 

9am–5pm | Friendship Bracelet Craft for Kids. Stop by our children’s section to create friendship bracelets and book-inspired (or Changing Hands-inspired) paper chains! While supplies last.

 

12–3pm | DJ Bad Buddhist spins a mix of underground jazz, soul, gospel, and alternative.

 

3pm–5pm | DJ Rad Dude spins music from the past decades.

 

5pm | 50th Anniversary Toast with Changing Hands owners Gayle Shanks, Bob Sommer, and Cindy Dach.


6–8pm | Walt Richardson (musical performance). Valley legend Walt Richardson has been a friend of the store for decades and has performed at a number of Changing Hands anniversary celebrations. We’re honored to have him back for our 50th to perform while attendees enjoy browsing, fun activities, and birthday treats. Walt is a celebrated Valley music veteran in the Tempe area, where his humanitarian contributions to the music community and music in schools (with an emphasis on cultural diversity) have been recognized with numerous awards.


Changing Hands 50th Anniversary Celebration
1974 | Courtesy Tempe History Museum

Changing Hands 50th Anniversary Celebration
Mill Avenue store, 1980s and '90s | Courtesy Tempe History Museum

Changing Hands 50th Anniversary Celebration
Big event day at the Tempe location on McClintock & Guadalupe

Changing Hands 50th Anniversary Celebration
Our Phoenix store turns 10 in May!


*TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Valid for in-store purchases only. Please present coupon to cashier upon paying, or show it on your smartphone. Coupons are non-transferrable and are valid for one-time use only. Not valid with other discounts. Not valid for gift cards, phone orders, special orders, reserved books, events, workshops, or online purchases of any kind. Lost, damaged, or stolen coupons cannot be replaced. Coupon cannot be resold. Valid 03/30/24.