Rainbows are a scientific phenomenon caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of light, and usually show up after stormy weather. Much like its namesake, Rainbow Books, the secondhand bookstore on State Street, has weathered the storm of its sale and will emerge with doors open to a bright future. The new owners, who also own Rediscovered Books on Eighth Street, plan to keep Rainbow Books operational as they integrate it into their business.
"We actually had started talking about purchasing a second location. We spent a lot of time last year looking at different places," said Laura DeLaney, who owns Rediscovered along with her husband Bruce. "Then, by happenstance, we heard that Rainbow was available. It was the right decision for a lot of reasons."
Rainbow opened its doors in 1977, and Laurie Deines purchased the store in 1989, adding bookshelves handcrafted by her husband and eventually filling the store to the brim with literature. If all goes as planned, Rediscovered will take over operations of Rainbow on Sunday, April 1.
"I don't think many people knew Rainbow was for sale," said DeLaney. "We couldn't be happier about keeping their tradition alive. The first thing I really want to do is to spend time getting to know the people who are the community of Rainbow."
The DeLaneys' purchase includes the two-story building at 1310 State St., built in 1956, and its full inventory. DeLaney could only guess at how many books are still on shelves there.
"I think it's 26,000 books. One of our first projects will be to find out what's there. It's a really large project, but it's also a bit like Christmas," she said.
DeLaney said it was crucial to keep longtime Rainbow Books employee Julia Rose behind the counter at the State Street store, and added that she plans to have Rose alternate with current Rediscovered staff at the Eighth Street location to learn about the culture and customer base of each store.
"Boise has been very good to Rediscovered. We like to think that keeping Rainbow open is being good to Boise," said DeLaney.