Thank you for a miracle

On Saturday Feb 27th we moved the bookstore in to storage. We (Jock, Austin, Ted and myself) expected to get about a third of the inventory out and into storage by dark.

Throughout the day we averaged 100 people boxing, packing, moving, unloading, dismantling bookshelves and scavenging the city for boxes. Folks Café, Slice of Life and Front St Brewery kept the volunteer crew fueled for an incredible day of work. By 4:15 the store was empty (and looking surprisingly smaller). All that was left were the security mirrors, the signed books, the front desk and some trash.

It was nothing short of a miracle.

As many of you know Jock received the Clarence Award this past December. We watched It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen and I marveled at the end wondering what it must feel like to be George Bailey. To have your community and friends come to your rescue. Now I know. Thank you so, so much for this, I really am the luckiest girl in the world to live in a town like this and have friends like you. Thank you.

(How terrible it must be to find out that you are Old Mr. Potter, rich and friendless except for the people on your payroll.)

The outpouring of support has been astounding: phone calls, emails and letters form all around the world (literally) and people stopping me on the street with a hug, words of encouragement and all asking: When are you re-opening?

The answer is we don’t know yet. We are going to do our best to re-open as quickly as possible. We want a new permanent home. The bookstore had been at that location for over 20 years. We want a great location for the next 50. Since we have the means and opportunity to buy a piece of property (and therefore avoid the multitude of problems that come with renting) we would like to pursue those options first. We are going to do our best to be open by the start of summer.

But I can tell you this, after Saturday, there is no question that we will re-open in this wonderful community. We might not have the revenue of a multi-national chain, but I wouldn’t trade Saturday for that or anything in the world.

With Humble Thanks,

Gwenyfar

  1. A Wilmington Institution since 1982
  2. Buying Old Books: The ultimate Recycling
  3. Best African American Literature Selection in Town
  4. Extensive Foreign Language Section: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese
  5. The ONLY bookstore in town to deliver!
  6. Paperback Classics at affordable prices (Great for English classes!)
  7. Incredible Judaica Section
  8. Largest selection of scripts and Theatre/Film books in Town
  9. Where else are you going to find a first edition for under $10?
  10. Bibliophiles rock!