Let’s do a recap.
Some wonderful books have been published recently and we have had our biggest week yet! This despite the snow slowing us down on Wednesday and we had to shut our doors early that day. This week also marked our new Winter Hours 12-6 Sunday, 10-6 Mon-Thurs and 10-8 Friday and Saturday. Early browsers were aplenty.
Notable events of the past week:
New London Visions and Plans Forum:
I had the honor to speak at New London Landmarks forum for Visions for the future of New London. In this same forum the governor spoke. Needless to say, we did not meet him. I do not get many chances to speak with a large audience so I was somewhat nervous. I figured telling “the story” of how we came to be would be most natural and appropriate. My intention was to remind developers and townies why local businesses happen in the first place.
Our store has been open a complete month now. There is so much to do, so much to learn, and the scope of work that needs to get done is still quite large. Of course much work has already been done! The updates to this website will be “bloggy” by nature. As a bookshop owner I plan to getting to this once per week probably on the weekends. A sort of personal diary as well as our opinions on the publishing world, local issues, and of course the goings on at 13 Washington Street. So let’s get it started.
Business has been increasingly steady since our first sale exactly one month ago to this day, December 12, 2012. The initial Christmas surge taught how to get the mundane nitty gritty details of retail operations. From ordering new books, to figuring out the cash register. Our cash-only days were minor nuisances. Once we got our credit reader using square-up things became much easier. Customers using their fingers to sign their names can be sometimes a funny moment. The issue of hiring people has come up quite a bit. We are not hiring anybody at the moment but hopefully in the near future we can. Trust us, there is more work to be done than we can both do, but we are also still tweaking the machine. Much like driving a car that only you know how to drive, we want to be able to train employees how to do well here. There is still much for us to figure out on our own.