(You might see an update before the holidays, but I'm not promising anything. It's taken me 3 years to get a newsletter up; let's not have unrealistic expectations.)
First, let me thank those of you who filled out surveys at the store. You were so very kind in your comments. It's always nice to hear what we're doing right, and also to hear how we might improve. In response to your comments, we've got a few ideas percolating.
Like . ..
adding quality toys to our children's section
having at least an occasional sale table
maybe, at some point, adding like-new used books to the mix. We're mulling it over and figuring out how it would work. We'll keep you posted.
We've added a few new items to our collection in the past few months. If you haven't been in recently, take a look at what local artisans have been up to. We now feature
earrings by Sheri Minutolo
lavender products from Blue Ridge Lavender
pottery by Elizabeth Krome
"Lunchbox Cards" from Erin Lahan
Plus, inspired by the number of you who have loved the Sisters plaque displayed behind our front desk, we now have a new selection of rustic wooden wall plaques in a variety of sizes with a variety of sayings. Don't worry, no empty platitudes -- though there were plenty of those available -- just ideas we all might want to consider. Intrigued? Baffled? Come in and have a look.
Several wonderful local authors have recently visited (or are about to), and we're always looking for more! Let us know if you've written something great, or know someone who has.
And speaking of events . . . Nothing says "I love you" to a presenting author and its bookstore like an audience. We love hosting authors, both local and from other places out there, and we really, really want to encourage you to come. Let us know what we can do to entice you -- events held at a particular time? particular day? with snacks? Your thoughts, please, if you've got a minute.
And speaking of events, part 2 . . . For the past 3 years, we've hosted a Winter Solstice Gathering on December 20 (you know, the winter solstice). It's just a chance for folks to get together, drink some hot chocolate, hear a couple of stories, maybe do a simple craft, and chat with our neighbors in the candle-lit darkness. Last year . . . let's just say that we drank a lot of hot chocolate at our house that week (not that we mind that. At all.) We start at 6pm and end about 7, so you still have time to get the little ones home and in bed on time. Let us know if you're interested in attending. If you're on our mailing list, you'll get an invitation once we decide if it's a go. If you're not on our mailing list, get on our mailing list!
Finally, more thanks, dear readers, for your support, your enthusiasm about books and art, your willingness to share your ideas, and the fun you bring to our little store. Thirty years ago (yep, 30), I got into the book business because of my love of books; I'm still here thirty years later because of the people.