Well, I have had another meeting this morning with council members and one or two other local stalwarts, and came away not only feeling lots of love for the project, but even more great suggestions, contacts, ideas, practical help, etc, for my proposed bookshop. I feel even more hopeful that I can set up some sort of humble beginning quite soon. It’s all wonderful!
I also had a brilliant chat with another local small businessman, Nick the Baker at Crustum (see link under blogroll/websites on the right for a video of him talking about his small but fabulous bakery – am eating some of his cheese sodabread for lunch, and it’s divine!). One of the great things that has happened even in these planning stages is that I have made contact with lots of local people, and am already feeling more part of the community. There is a strong community spirit in Kenilworth, which is one of the reasons it feels like a great place to set up the kind of bookshop I want to create.
I have found a vacant shop that has great potential – I am trying to set up a visit, had to leave a voicemail message but will follow it up. I now need to start thinking seriously about raising some funds; I plan to offer shares (see the Investing in the community tab), so watch this space – you too could invest in a lovely new independent community business!