Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dream Space

I've never been particularly ambitious to run my own company, start up something in the garage (or shed, since I have no garage) or invent something that will save the world.

But I have always wanted to own my own book store.

I know just what it will look like, too.

It will be in an old building, maybe a small workshop type of space, something with wooden floors and nooks and crannies. Bookshelves will be nicely spaced, so there's room for people to browse back to back without doing bumping butts with each other (unless you like that sort of thing, of course, but maybe that behaviour isn't really suited for a book shop). The lighting will be good but not glaring and the shelves will be well-organized but not sterile.






There will be lovely leather armchairs placed under windows and in alcoves so you can drop into them and peruse your selection for a minute or an hour. There will be tables for those who prefer to read that way, with good lamps on them.














There will be tufted ottomans and squishy green velvet love seats. And there will be a cat. A big, fluffy, friendly cat who sleeps on the chairs and keeps the mice at bay.







But mostly there will be the books. New books, used books, old books, books of all types. Books on shelves that reach to the ceiling, complete with ladders for easy access.


It will be cozy and quiet and welcoming and it will feel just like home.

15 comments:

Cara said...

My heaven. You just described my own personal heaven.

Laurie said...

Ditto! What your first commenter said!

My blood pressure dropped 10 points just reading about it...

Audrey at Barking Mad! said...

Bliss. Sheer Bliss.

And the cat? That just ices the cake.

When are you going to begin taking applications?

Opinionated Gifts said...

Sounds good to me. So does the butt bumping part

Gaelyne said...

OMG, it sounds absolutely perfect. I'd want to visit every day. And stay all day.

Rachel said...

Me too, me too!

and cats in bookstores? always needed.

Zita said...

A dream of mine, too. I think that's the main reason I liked the movie "You've Got Mail." I mainly loved the shots of that old bookstore in NY. Sigh...back to work.

Magpie said...

I can smell it from those pictures. It's a good leathery, dusty, warm smell.

sandy shoes said...

If you ever get to Cape Cod, I hope you'll let me know, so that I can take and/or direct you to a book shop in my town that manages a fair bit of this... now if only it had more chairs!

Anonymous said...

I have boxes of books I'd donate for you to put on your shelves and sell. You'd be the perfect person to suggest books to customers. Do it!

Karen said...

I feel like I'm already there!!! It sounds like the perfect bookstore. And when you open it, I'm going to hop in my car and drive up to spend hours browsing!!

this new place said...

soooo, are you gonna do it?!

Sarahtoo said...

Wow, that's awesome. I'd wanna shop there. You should do it!

Mad Woman said...

You've just described my own personal dream....down to a tee.

Anonymous said...

I SOOOO want a bookstore too! But I'm thinking of calling it Books & Brew! Books, beer, wine. Nirvana!
Miss you- Spacemonkey