I’ve always wanted to open a bookshop.
Originally, I must have been about seven or eight, when owning a bookshop seemed to equate itself with reading all day. And who wouldn’t want to spend their days like that?
When I got older, I started thinking about it more as a business. Who would I market it towards? Caveats, such as opening early in the morning so that commuters could buy tea, coffee and hot chocolate on their way to work.
But it wasn’t until I hit uni, that I came up with my ideal bookshop. A converted pub.
Imagine those behind the bar being able to offer you the perfect advice on the newest releases, served up with a glass of wine or a pint. A piano in one corner, ready to be played by all and sundry. Shelves and shelves of books lining the walls, comfy seats in front of them.
I want my bookshop to have facilities for tea and coffee. I want it to be the hub of a community, where people come in and out and spend their evenings. I want it to be multifaceted. To be able to host book groups for mums with toddlers in the morning and then have a discussion group with wine in the evening of that very same day.
I want to see students burrowing through piles of lit crit to find that one book that’d help them with their essay; I want to see commuters to pop in and pick up something on the sale table for them to read on their way to work. For it to be a place where people can come together creatively and for that lone writer to sit as a table and write as if their soul possessed their pen.
The perfect bookshop should be at the heart of its own little community. And I still haven’t quite given up on that dream yet.
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