Monthly Archives: June 2012

We need your help! Please vote!

UPDATE:  Thank you SO much for your votes!  We got the votes we needed and wrote an amazing grant application.  The winners won’t be announced until Sept., but we will keep you updated!  Thank you! 
Our business needs your vote!
We have big plans to better serve our customers and community – help us make them a reality by voting for us on missionsmallbusiness.com by 6/30/2012!
1.      Go to missionsmallbusiness.com click ‘Log In & Support’ and log in using Facebook
2.      Search for our business, using keywords “spiral bookcase
3.      Click on the blue Vote button next to our business name
The Spiral Bookcase, 112 Cotton St., Philadelphia, PA
As a community bookstore we would use this funding to expand our offerings in a variety of ways, including creative and educational workshops and community-building events.   We also would like to purchase an espresso book machine, the amazing print on demand machine, which in turn would allow us to start our own publishing company.  Also, we hope to use some of the funding to help purchase the building that we are currently operating from – insuring our place in Manayunk, and allowing us the ability to expand our space in the future.
Please take a moment to vote for us.  Thank you for your ongoing support.
Sincerely,
Ann

Gallery Opening with Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs!

For the next First Friday in Manayunk, we are happy to present Brian Biggs, a Manayunk author and illustrator. We are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of Brian’s art at The Spiral Bookcase. Opening night will feature Brian’s fun, colorful, and well-received illustrations, along with Brian’s sought after books. Both artwork and books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be provided. Come on out and support local talent!

Visit Brian’s website.

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Black Books – Fever

I am a huge fan of Black Books; a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan that was broadcast from 2000 to 2004.  This brilliant comedy features Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) as the proprietor of a small London bookshop, his assistant Manny (Bill Bailey), and friend  Fran (Tamsen Greig).  Hilarity ensues.

After opening my bookshop, a friend asked if I had seen Black Books.  I had not, but being a huge fan of British and Irish comedy, I knew I would probably like it.  After the couple minutes of the first episode I was hooked.

At the time, being the owner of a newly formed bookshop, I appreciated the humor, especially after hours and hours of trying to get the shop off and running.  Seriously, I can relate.  I might have even lovingly called my husband Manny on occasion, and nicknamed a good friend Fran (although, I think his gifts of wine and conversation certainly aided in this distinction.)  But, to be true, I am not a Bernard – as I adore my customers and can’t really imagine smoking like a chimney and guzzling wine whilst patrons are eager to pick out some great books.

In any case, Black Books has been integral in keeping up my spirits on difficult days (hello tax season – see eps. 1).  I also may be quite susceptible to consider fictional TV characters as friends (why hello Leslie Knope), so I am very happy to have them a part of my bookselling experience.

So, since today is HOT! I was reminded of one particular episode where Manny just cannot tolerate the heat.  It makes me laugh every time.  So, for the fans and for the Black Books virgins, please take a moment to laugh with me and check out the episode below.

A quick & serious aside:  We are trying to apply for a Small Business Grant for $250, 000, but the only way to be considered is to get 250 people to vote for us on this site: www.missionsmallbusiness.com.  Please help us reach our goal (by 6/30) and log on, search for The Spiral Bookcase, and click vote.   I would truly appreciate your vote.

Gallery Opening featuring Manayunk photographer Erin Barlow, First Friday in Manayunk, June 1st, 6pm-9pm

Friday, June 1st, 6pm-9pm

For the next First Friday in Manayunk, we are happy to present Erin Barlow, up-and-coming Manayunk photographer.  We are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of Erin’s art at The Spiral Bookcase.  Opening night will feature Erin’s gorgeous photographs and all pieces will be available for purchase.  Refreshments will be provided.  Come on out and support local talent!

Bio:  Erin Barlow first began taking photographs as a way to capture moments with friends and family.  She expanded her lens to landscapes and locals, inspired by travels abroad, and her passion for photography grew.  By capturing the stunning places she has visited, she hopes to bring this inspiring beauty to others.  Erin currently lives in Manayunk.