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New place: art bookstore «Misto» near the «Arsenalna» subway station

Art bookstore «Misto» opened in early March and is located on Knyaziv Ostrozkykh Street 5/2 near the «Arsenalna» metro station. It was founded by Diana Slonchenko, who before the full-scale invasion worked as a senior flight attendant at «UIA». She also chooses books and records for the store, and runs the «Misto» account on Instagram and Twitter 

According to Diana, the idea of opening a bookstore during a full-scale war came to her «spontaneously». And it took three months from the creation of «a simple business plan in the phone notes» to the day of the store’s opening. Slonchenko found the premises for «Misto» during one of her walks near the «Arsenalna» metro station.

«It occurred to me that Kyiv will never have enough new creative places, especially since independent bookstores are always about the owner’s personal tastes, and therefore such places will have no competition», Diana commented.


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Initially, «Misto» planned to sell exclusively Ukrainian writers, modern and classic authors, as well as fiction. But at the request of visitors the assortment was expanded with foreign authors.

Diana got the idea for the name while rereading the novel of the same name by Valerian Pidmohylny. She notes, however, that she did not name the bookstore after the book, but after Kyiv.

By the way, a mosaic panel with Kyiv landmarks decorates «Misto». Slonchenko made it together with mosaic artist Tetiana Rodkina.

The bookstore will host workshops and master classes. There are also plans to open a coffee shop in the second hall of the space.

The «Misto» website is also up and running. For now it functions as an additional platform for notifications about events, but soon books will be sold there. You can reserve the publication you want or check out the assortment via the bookstore’s Instagram.

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