I am so happy to be celebrating the shop’s three year anniversary! I can’t believe it. When I started the journey of starting my own bookstore, in a crumbling economy and competing with the burgeoning e-reader scene, many people – including me – wondered if I was crazy. I can attest to the fact, that yes, I am a bit crazy, but mostly determined and passionate about getting real, beautiful books into people’s hands.
It all started with a simple question “Why Not?” We had just moved to Manayunk and thought a bookstore was needed in the neighborhood. Well, why not do it ourselves? And off we went. Well, it wasn’t quite that simple. Over the course of many months we laid the groundwork to make it happen. (And, as business owners can never rest on their laurels – we strive to improve our business year after year and adapt to your needs.) We fortuitously stumbled into the perfect space in May – and officially opened our doors on July 17th, 2010.
This journey has been the most rewarding and hardest thing I have ever accomplished to date – and continues to be so. Now, that little Zelda has entered our lives, she’ll probably take over that honor – but this experience won’t be far behind. To be frank – it is hard to run a small independent shop. We all know that online competition is very real and deep discounting hurts small business. But, we also know the benefits of shopping small: putting money back into the local economy, helping to create and sustain a vibrant community, and enjoying the one-of-a kind experience that only a small business can provide.
Right now I just can’t imagine doing anything else. I love getting into the quiet shop in the morning, turning on the computer, the lights, and seeing the rows of books waiting for the right person to pick them up and take them home. I love reading; I love the feel of a book in my hands. I love old tomes, sweet with lignin. I love crisp, newly released titles – little gifts waiting to be pulled open and enjoyed. I love getting to know what drives authors to write, how poets are inspired day after day. I love recommending books to people, sharing book after book with countless individuals who appreciate and love something as much as I do. Is it clear enough? I LOVE what I do, and you are the integral part in making what I do possible.
You, my dear customer/friend/family/supporter, are what keep us going. You are the reason we are still here after three years. And your support is necessary for us to remain. Is that too much pressure? I hope not. I hope that we can continue to quench your literary thirsts, and be a space that is a haven from your everyday stresses. I will continue to provide you with wonderful used and new books, a special and quirky selection that I love hand-picking to grace our shelves. I will continue to provide you with a space to meet other like-minded folks, or chat with a stranger that will most likely become a friend. I will keep scheduling events so that you can meet local artists and authors, discuss writing with seasoned pros, share your own work in a supportive space, and meet new up-and-coming authors who want to share their work with you.
Thank you. Thank you for everything. When I hear that our shop is a wonderful and special part of your life; that means the world to me. I hope that all book lovers can find a bit of home in the shop. We are here to welcome you with books and books, and a smile. I hope to see you soon.
Come celebrate with us! We are hosting a celebratory Salon featuring local authors, artists, and musicians on Friday, July 26th, starting at 7pm. BYOB.