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Returning to the Blog …

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Time has certainly gotten the best of my intentions to continue writing about the new bookstore, bookselling, great books and more … A progress report, in brief: It has been 18 months since we opened our second location in Redondo Beach (and since the last entry to this blog). In that time, both Maryelizabeth and […]

We are Three Months Old

Posted 19 December 2011 by
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December 13, 2011 Wow! It has been more than a month since I wrote something about our new store. The phrase “time flies” is the ultimate understatement in my world. We have begun our fourth month in business. It is truly difficult to measure how we are doing, though you’d think I’d have a ready […]

It is a Great Adventure!

Posted 13 November 2011 by
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Saturday, November 5, 2011 We held our first writing class in our community room last Saturday. It was an adventure in so many ways. There were 11 of us in all. We represented (at least) three generations, but were most inspired by two high school students who astounded us with their wisdom and their poise […]

A Partnership for the Future

Posted 11 November 2011 by
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Last week we received news that Catalina Coffee Company, an established favorite gathering place in the South Bay, has signed a lease to create Catalina Coffee Café in our Redondo Beach store space. We are thrilled, not only because their name is alliterative, but also because the owners and the staff share our vision of […]

Returning to the Scene

Posted 31 October 2011 by
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This blog has been a cherished part of opening our new store. I love to write and it has been a gift to share the experiences (and pictures) with those of you that are interested in the process of creating a new store. After we opened the new store on September 13, I went on […]

It’s Been a Week!

Posted 20 September 2011 by
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Okay, that was a bit of a pun … or at least I think so … I am a little punchy from a week of opening a new store … and simultaneously getting ready to go on vacation. It was not my actual plan to go on vacation one week after opening the new store, […]

Our New Store is Open

Posted 13 September 2011 by
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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 […]

Exhilaration and Exhaustion

Posted 5 September 2011 by
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September 5, 2011 Yep. We love alliteration around here! And … we have good news. We have an official opening date. And, we are 98% sure that we will be able to open on that date. And we really have no choice. We have an author event scheduled for the evening. Drum roll, please! Mysterious […]

It’s Getting Very Exciting …

Posted 24 August 2011 by
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Well, it turns out that the closer we get to actually having a store, the less time I have to write. No surprise there, I guess! And since pictures will tell the story better than I can, this entry will be mostly pictures. Here’s what’s happening in brief: The fixtures are being installed. It is […]

Purple and Green Walls and so much more!

Posted 17 August 2011 by
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This is the first time since April that I’ve made it to Redondo Beach from my off-site office, and ohmigosh, the difference! Terry has done a wonderful job documenting the progress on transforming our Redondo Beach location from its previous computer store incarnation to our second location over the past few months, but still … […]