From this week, the Tree House Bookshop will only open four days a week rather than five. This is not in any way an indication that things are not going well – they are going brilliantly! It’s to do entirely with my own need to earn a living and the fact that I’m struggling to do that and keep the shop open for five days – I am not expecting to earn any income from the shop for a while, and I have two part-time jobs that help to keep me afloat in terms of paying the rent and bills and keeping me in whisky.
So for the next five weeks at least, possibly a couple of months, the bookshop will open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. If I am able to be there on a Tuesday, I will open up, as I also open a bit early if I’m there and ready to open before 10am. Any passing trade we attract obviously helps!
In time I hope we will open six or even seven days a week, but for now I have to be practical, and preferably stay sane!
A few more music events are being planned, and am working on getting a projector so that we can show films once or twice a week, and also have some literary and other ideas in the pipeline. I also now have a few people who are keen to help with developing the events side of the bookshop, so we will be getting together and seeing what we come up with. Once the university term starts again, I hope to encourage students to use the shop as a venue for their many creative talents. So lots of things that I hope will help to establish the shop beyond being a bookshop; I’m also beginning to make some progress with sorting through the many, many boxes of books that have been donated so that we can make the stock on the shelves as interesting and tempting as it can be!
Thank you so much to all those who have supported the Tree House in any way at all – the first three weeks since we opened have been amazing, in terms of both book sales and events, and also in terms of the general response I have received from those who have come into the shop.
We now have tea and coffee on offer (the coffee is straightforward – no frothy milk, no powdered chocolate, just coffee, but it’s freshly ground in the shop, and we have some herbal teas as well as ‘normal’ tea). This coming Friday (23 August) we have our first Story Time for children at 11am (all very welcome!).
We are still finding our feet, and there are bound to be a few alterations to things as we do so, but I hope to keep these to a minimum. I wouldn’t close the shop on Tuesdays unless I really felt it was necessary – and it should only be temporary until other things are resolved, or until I get enough people who can cover my absences from the shop. It’s all good!