Tuesday, October 27, 2015

...And then there was a bookstore!

After all of the hard work, stress, and tears, the end product is beautiful. The Neverending Bookshop is open! This last Saturday was my opening and the store was hopping. Sunday was quieter but I expected that. Saturday was launch day. All of my friends and family were there, and Sunday was all community and some friends.

It was so special and spectacular to unlock the door to my own store. To vacuum and wipe down the bathroom and open the door to customers. Customers for my space! How incredible to take care of my own shop, even the not-so-fun chores like vacuuming and bathroom maintenance.

It still doesn't feel quite real. Like I'm dreaming it all, and I'll wake up tomorrow and it will have all been an amazing, vivid dreamscape. I look around my shop and think "these books make this place look like my livingroom." Which says a lot about the state of my house (drowning in books). But people off the street walk in and look around with smiles and say "this looks wonderful, thank goodness you're here! Bothell has needed a bookstore for a really long time."

So as I mentioned before, Saturday was very busy, but the days since have been slow. As I expected. To encourage people in coming by, I'm organizing some events this week! On Thursday at 5 p.m. I'm planning on a crafting meet up. If you have a portable craft, bring it by! Friday at 6 p.m. I'm hoping for nerdy types as I'd love to have a science fiction book group meet here one Friday a month. And Sunday, of course, launches National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo, and I'm hosting write-ins Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., starting this Sunday. I'll be participating this year for the seventh year in a row.

I'm bursting with excitement and happiness now that the store is a physical thing I can work in and on. I have a regular schedule again, which makes me a very happy person. There are still stressful moments (like trying to program a discount into my freaking cash register is like beating my skull against a brick wall...), but now that the store is up and running, I'm so happy that the stress sort of fades to the background.

I hope you come visit me in my new store. It's small, and the shelves are a bit patchy as far as book selection goes, but it's a happy, positive space to spend some time browsing and talking books with me.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book groups, writers' groups, knitting groups, oh my!

We're T-minus 11 days from the opening of The Neverending Bookshop! And while my palms get sweaty every time I think about the store being in several pieces and places (bookshelf construction in the space, books in my garage, ideas running so rampant through my head I can't keep track of them), I do hold on to the fact that I'll be able to host groups in the space almost as soon as I open my doors. Or door, rather, since there's only one.

I'm so excited to create a book group, invite writers in, and have cozy knitting going on in my brand new bookstore. When I first had the idea to open a bookstore earlier this year, the first thing I pictured in my as-yet unknown space was a group of happy people, sitting around a table, knitting and talking about books. It filled me with such joy and fuzzy feelings, I had to follow through just to see that dream realized.

I also daydreamed about having my own National Novel Writing Month write-ins in the space, and come this November, that will be a reality as well! On Wednesdays, from 5 p.m. until close, and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., I'll be hosting official Nanowrimo write-ins for all of your Wrimo-ing needs!

Just picture yourself, happily settled around a table with a cup of tea or coffee, talking about your favorite read. Doesn't that sound amazing? Or working on your next sweater or shawl project while surrounded by lovely literature? Working on the next book that will fill the shelves of The Neverending Bookshop? Doesn't that sound amazing? It's one of the perks I'm offering with this new space, and I'm focusing not just on creating beautiful bookcases and a well cultivated inventory, but also a place people want to be social in.

That's a big part of of bookstores, and my store specifically. Creating a space where people feel like they can gather and have fun, intelligent conversations and meet new people.

So I invite all of you book worms, hopeful authors, and premier knitters to stop by in my first week of business, and let's talk about how The Neverending Bookshop and I can provide you with a space for book groups, writers' groups, and knitting groups. See you all in a week and a half!