Purchased in 2017 by long-time Flagstaff locals Annette Avery and husband & wife duo Ben Shaffer and Lisa Lamberson with the intention of developing a dynamic and versatile space for community interaction and events. 


Long held as a crucial community resource and gathering space for locals and visitors alike, the independent bookstore has dwindled in recent years in the shadow of impersonal and sterile "chain bookstores." The owners of Bright Side Bookshop have taken it upon themselves to uphold the mantle of a "community hub" for every resident and traveler looking for a place to find quality products, books, events, and regional information. Located in the heart of Downtown Flagstaff, Bright Side Bookshop is a must-see destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves deeper into the soul of Flagstaff.


The Partners


Lisa Lamberson
Partner, Operations


Ben Shaffer
Partner, Finance


Annette Avery
Partner, Purchasing


Booksellers & Staff





General Manager& Bookseller


Events Manager & Bookseller


Marketing Manager & Bookseller







Where To Begin

Sales Associates

We are always looking for an opportunity to meet qualified, friendly, & energetic people that are capable of adding dimension and proficiency to our sales team. If you are interested in becoming a part of that team, please download the application below and include a resume citing applicable education and work experience along with a cover letter. We would prefer that you hand in the application in person.  

Sales Associate Application


Volunteers are an integral part of the underlying current that moves Bright Side Bookshop in our direction of travel. We depend on you to host Children's Story Time, to plan events with local organizations, and to spread the word about those event to the community at large. If you are interested in participating in our events, or if you have an event of your own that you would like to host at the bookshop please contact us via email or in person.

Volunteer Sign-up