Our New Store is OpenPosted 13 September 2011 by admin
Wow. I can hardly believe that I am actually typing these words! It has been quite a journey and now the adventure begins.
Over two years ago, I convinced Maryelizabeth that this really was something we should do. It took a lot of conversations … and with good reason. Anyone who knows anything about the book business knows that it is a labor of love, 24/7. We are in this business because we truly love it. We love books. We love to read. And we love the community that we create when we bring readers and writers together. We have been doing this for over 18 years. And we hope to continue to do this for many more years to come. Creating a second location seemed like the logical next step. We had a building and a community that had been without an independent bookstore for a very long time.
Almost every day people ask us how we can possibly open a bookstore in the current climate, with bookstores closing and eBooks catching on in such a big way. Our answer is that we think this is exactly the right time to open an independent bookstore. We think that people treasure their communities and especially bookstores, because they bring them together and introduce them to new reading experiences and the authors that write the books that they love.
Many, many people have been involved in creating this new, beautiful store. First, Maryelizabeth said yes! The truth is that Mysterious Galaxy is in every sense a partnership. Maryelizabeth and I work together every day to bring the highest industry standards to our small business: great books, sought after author events, and the best booksellers in the business.
Then there are our San Diego managers and staff who have supported this expansion in every way. Our designer Kate Whooley created a beautiful environment for our store and Franklin Fixtures did a wonderful job carrying out the plan. Early this year, we brought Nicole Porter and LeAnna Herrera on as co-managers of the new store. They are an amazing team and have stopped at nothing to make sure that our store is staffed, stocked, and ready for business. I hope you will all welcome them and the rest of our bookselling staff in Redondo Beach to the Mysterious Galaxy Family at our special opening event taking place today, September 13, 2011 from 10am to 9pm.
And finally, we are grateful to our customers and our friends for their support and enthusiasm for this new milestone in our short history and we thank you from the bottom of our bookselling hearts.