We Have Come Full Circle

Posted 4 June 2014 by

I started this blog in January 2011 when the adventure of planning and opening a second location for Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore was just beginning. My intent then, which was mostly fulfilled, was to tell the story of building a bookstore and generate some excitement in my community for this pending event. I loved sharing these stories with readers and seeing people sign-up to follow my blog. And all went well for a while.

And then, the bookstore became all consuming. We hired a staff, we opened the doors, we had so much to learn and so much to do. And that is when these entries became few and far between.

And now we have come full circle. Yesterday we announced the closing of the Redondo Beach storefront. Over the past three years we have learned a lot, made new friends, and created incredible partnerships within our community and beyond. It has been an invaluable experience.

From this experience, we are moving on to new (sort of) territory. We have made substantial gains in our outside events business and it is here where we will focus our efforts from this point on. In fact, in Los Angeles, Orange County, and the South Bay, we will be expanding our events business to include additional community-focused events in partnership with local businesses, conferences, authors, and publishers. We will do this in our Redondo Beach warehouse, at our current address. We will continue creating and supporting events such as Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy, Literary Women of Long Beach, Mystery on the Menu at the Cerritos Library, Books Are Better Shared, Literary Orange, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, to name just a few.

We know that many of our loyal customers and friends in the South Bay will be saddened by the news that we are closing our bookstore, but we will be actively looking for opportunities to serve them in other ways. We plan to create and host events at local venues, enabling readers and authors to come together to share their love of books and conversation.  We will continue to reach out to our community to tell them what we are doing and hope that this new format will engage the enthusiasm of readers in Southern California.

It is my intent to share our new adventure and resume blogging … an activity that I have truly loved (and missed) during the last phase of this adventure.

Stay tuned.

 

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