The books are in!

…still in boxes, but they are in!  And we have some bookcases – need more, but a good start.  Here is a slideshow of the current state of affairs in the new premises.

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Huge, huge thanks to Paul Seward at E-Warehousing who has very kindly stored our books and some other bits and pieces and heroically delivered them to the new shop yesterday, along with some bookcases and some other excellent furniture.  And also huge thanks to Lewis, Charlotte, Tom, Vicki, Naomi and Andrew who have done fantastic work unloading, cleaning and helping in all sorts of ways.

We should be able to reopen quite soon, even before we have all the bookcases we need – as soon as books are on shelves we can start selling them!  And showing films and offering cups of tea…  We are also already planning a Mindfulness taster session and eight-week course and there will be an evening of entertainment on Friday 1 May to relaunch the Tree House officially – more news on all these things in due course.

The focus will be very much on books.  We have a bit less space than in the other shop, so will be a little more restricted – and therefore selective – in what books we can put on display, and we have learned from the last shop what does and doesn’t sell well in Kenilworth.  But we will generally make the focus on books even clearer than before – we would like more literary events, and the Film Club, the Mindfulness courses, lectures (on art, literature and history) and the live music will be the core of our evening offerings.  We won’t be running craft workshops (though we will still have our Wednesday evening social group for needlecrafters) nor using the bookshop for other groups or sessions, and we won’t have wifi – we want to encourage books rather than the internet!

What we will have is a warm, inviting place, centred around books and the arts and with a concern for the environment.  The generosity of all those who have contributed to our crowdfunding and the enthusiasm of the many who have called in or waved through the window over the last few days shows that the momentum within the community has not been lost and we look forward to continuing to offer a place where community can grow.

Happy Easter to everyone – as one of our regulars said, it seems appropriate that the Tree House is being resurrected at this time of year!

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We’re in!

Well, two days ago I signed the lease on the new premises and yesterday I picked up the keys – we’re in!  The Tree House will be taking over the former Picture Shop on Warwick Road, near the clock tower.  Our lovely hand-painted sign from the old premises is now in the window to let people know – eventually it will be incorporated into the fascia sign above the window.

window sign

So we will now retrieve our books from storage – thank you so much to Paul Seward at E-Warehousing for storing our books and the sign and some bits of furniture (and the tree!).  We hope to be up and running very soon.

A huge thank you to all the humblingly generous people who have contributed to our crowdfunding (which is still ongoing!) – you have made it possible for us to secure the lease and get started.  The Round Table have also made a very large donation to help us get the fascia board changed and buy some of the furniture we need, including bookcases.

If you walk past and see us in there, do call in and say hello!  We hope to have the Film Club back up and running very soon and are already planning our next Mindfulness course.  You can join our mailing list if you haven’t already to be kept up to date with events.  Some fabulous musicians already planning to come and play for us!  But mostly it’s about the books, and we will have those for sale as soon as we possibly can.

shop window

Which day should we close?

th2I am trying to decide which days to open when we move into our new premises.  I plan to open the shop six days a week, and had thought I would open Monday-Saturday and close on Sundays.  But perhaps Sunday is a good day to be open for a bit – and Monday a good day to be closed (lots of other Kenilworth shops close on Mondays, and it’s a day when other facilities are open that I could take advantage of on my day off!).

As a customer, would you prefer our cosy bookshop to be open on Sundays (couple of hours’ quiet reading after lunch, perhaps, or a cup of tea and a browse of the bookshelves after a stroll in Abbey Fields…) or would you be more likely to visit us on a Monday?  Please reply to our poll below!