January 16, 2013

My Bookshop Around the Bend

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC:
Imagine you get to open your own bookstore. What would it look like? What kinds of books would you sell?

Well, I'm about to bust out probably the most cliché response imaginable. If I was lucky enough to have my own bookshop, I'd want it to be almost identical to The Shop Around the Corner in You've Got Mail. (You know, minus the whole being squeezed out by the Big Bad Big Box store. Though, rubbing shoulders with Tom Hanks would be all right.) 



The twinkle lights are a must, as are the checkerboard flooring, stripey curtains, and whimsical framed children's book illustrations. My bookshop would be children's books only, with an extensive young adult section. Since we're wishing and dreaming here, I'd love to have authors swing by and visit for signings. (And just because I'd like to hang with these wonderfully creative people.) While I'm an avowed YA junkie, I do love a good picture book, so this dream shop would have to be well stocked with glossy, fun, delicious-smelling picture books. Did I mention I'm also a hopeless book sniffer?

I feel like there are any number of book-buying destinations for adults, so this is why I'd focus on books for kids. Getting kids hooked on reading at an early age is so, so important. I think having a shop that feels like its own little world, a place to get lost in a good book is exactly the kind of thing to get kids excited about reading. I love the idea of comfy chairs in tucked away nooks where little and big kids alike can curl up and read. This might seem random, but have you been to Vegas? One of the hotels on the strip (I can't remember which) had the ceilings painted with blue skies and clouds. Wouldn't that be great to have on the ceiling of a bookshop to further this notion of dreams and imagination? I think so.

Although it's not the healthiest idea in the world, I'd carve out a little niche in the shop for a a cupcake café.  (Nut-safe for all of those folks who can't enjoy baked goods because of the risk of cross contamination. Every kid should be able to enjoy a good cupcake without worrying about anaphylaxis*, in my opinion.) Of course, it would have to be several arm's lengths away from any books that might end up with sticky gooey icing fingerprints on them. Mostly I would just want a trip to my bookshop to feel like an event, an adventure. I would have loved something like this as a kid. As an adult even!

How about you? What would your dream bookshop look like?


* Blogger was trying to correct 'anaphylaxis' with 'prophylaxis'. Um...I'm pretty sure I didn't mean that.

57 comments:

  1. You'd definitely want to have some hand-wipes within close proximity of the cupcakes! :) But I like the idea of a bookstore for kids. I too would have loved this when I was little.

    Do you suppose they make air fresheners with fragrances called "Old Book" or "Fresh from the Press"? :)

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    1. I would love air fresheners that smelled like that! I know they sell candles that are supposed to remind you of old books and whatnot. I really love how whimsical a children's bookshop could be. Oh, to have all the money in the world. :)

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  2. Hah! Great minds think alike. I can't wait to take you to Books of Wonder!!!

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    1. Yes they do. And I'm really excited about Books of Wonder. I'm waiting on purchasing certain releases this month so I can buy them there instead. :)

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  3. YES! Oh, I love that movie. And that bookstore!

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    1. I haven't seen that movie in ages, but I think I probably should plan a viewing sometime soon. :)

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  4. That movie is an inspiration to so many bookstore dreamers, myself included. Love the idea of a cupcake shop. I don't know if you've ever been to Serendipity in NYC, but the atmosphere there is a lot like this as well. Also, as Mrs. Silverstein said, Book of Wonder...lovely.

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    1. I've never been to Serendipity in NYC, but I'll be heading there at the end of the month. And Books of Wonder is definitely on our schedule too! :)

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  5. Oh, this is so my bookstore too, Jaime. All kid lit for sure! I'd want mine in some adorable, beachy resort town so parents can come from playing in the sand with their kiddos to pick up a few cute stories to take back to their vacation condos. (Yes, I've thought about this a lot. I would seriously love to own a kid's bookstore someday!)

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    1. I love the idea of a beach town bookshop! That would be so great. :) Of course, I kind of love the idea of sun, sand, water, and books all at the same time. (Especially considering there's snow everywhere here. O_o)

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  6. Oh yes! I thought of "The Little Shop Around The Corner" as well...and love the cupcake cafe idea, too. Twinkle lights are a definite must!

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    1. I think You've Got Mail and Beauty & the Beast (with Belle's library) were on a lot of minds today! :)

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  7. Yes, I loved the look of that bookstore! Good pick :)

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    1. I really need to sit down and watch that movie again. It's been way too long! :)

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  8. This sounds lovely-- I'd definitely love to check it out.

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    1. Mostly I'd just love to have a bookshop that wasn't Chapters, Canada's big box bookstore like Barnes & Noble. In our city of 90,000, we don't have anything besides Chapters. While I like Chapters, I'd kind of love to visit a bookshop with character. :)

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  9. Cupcake Cafe! That's a win for me for sure ;) I didn't think to pick out the You've Got Mail bookstore - great pick! (When I was in NY I sadly went and stood outside the shop they used for the exteriors, LOL)

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    1. Cupcakes and books together are an instant win in my books. :)

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  10. Awwwwwww! Can I come and visit? It sounds amazing! I loved that bookstore in You´ve Got Mail! :D

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    1. I'd love to have a shop like this. I'd invite all of my writer friends to come do book signings when they're published! For now, I'll be satisfying my cool bookshop cravings with a visit to Books of Wonder in NYC. :)

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  11. I want to visit this place so bad!! I love the idea of the cupcake cafe, I love cupcakes! :) <3 I also think the clouds-on-the-ceiling painting would be really awesome too!

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    1. Anything that could add a touch of whimsy to the bookshop would be perfect. I figured clouds would do exactly that. :) Mostly I just want a bookshop that isn't a big box store. That's all we've got here in my city.

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  12. When I was googling pictures of "cozy bookstores" it came up with The Shop Around the Corner and I totally thought, yeah THAT. Except that I'd want more than just kids books. But I love the whole look of it.

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    1. I'm not really surprised that pictures of The Shop Around the Corner came up. It's such a cute, fun, cozy little bookshop. :)

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  13. Cupcakes and books sounds heavenly!

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    1. They do! Man, I wish I could make this thing a reality. :)

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  14. The book shop was my favorite part of that movie! I love that it just looks like the inside of a kid's imagination. I'd bring my future kids to your shop! :)

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    1. It was my favourite part too. I was seriously bummed that Fox Books crowded it out. I'd love to have a shop like that around here. :)

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  15. This sounds so much more awesome than the brightly colored kids' section of Barnes & Noble, which is where I spent my childhood. I moved around a lot, and every. single. one. looked the same. But yours sounds so unique!

    And obviously, I'm on board with anything involving cupcakes.

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    1. We grew up with a store called Coles (part of the big Indigo/Chapters chain here in Canada, which is like B&N). The place had no imagination whatsoever. Just shelves and tables with books on them and fluorescent lighting. Obviously, I would have LOVED something like this store. I still would! :)

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  16. If you owned a bookstore like this you know I'd come and work for you. What a good auntie you are to add in the bit about nut-free cupcakes! :)

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    1. We should totally start one. But we'll have to move somewhere cooler than S'toon or the Shmear. (Wouldn't take much.) And just so you know, I'm trying for Auntie of the year. (Again, wouldn't take much. :P)

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  17. I would have died for a kids bookshop when I was little! Little did I know the few that existed were in big cities far away from me in Arizona. I'd be in line to come here, assuming you let adults who love kidlit in!

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    1. Me too! The only bookshop we had was totally sterile with no imagination. If I had a store like this, any adult who loved kidlit would be welcomed with open arms. Okay, maybe not open arms because that's a little creepy. ;)

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  18. This is so adorable! I didn't think life could get any better than cake and books, but you added fairy lights and framed illustrations and just made heaven!I love you. In a non-creepy way! [You've Got Mail was on TV tonight in England - I thought it was very apt!]

    ~ Alex @ Like, Words and Stuff
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    1. Cake + Books = Perfection in my world. :) If you throw in twinkle lights and framed art, it just makes it better than perfect. As for You've Got Mail, I'm long overdue for a re-watch. :)

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  19. I love the idea of a kid-centric bookstore, loaded up with reading material for the younger set. Awesome! And a cupcake bar? Yum.

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    1. Reading material for the younger set...and people like me who've never grown up. :) Throw in some cupcakes and I'm pretty much the happiest person alive.

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  20. The twinkle lights are the best touch. Please make this store a reality!

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    1. Oh, I so wish I could. I've been a waitress, a barista, a teacher, a special constable... Maybe this will be my next big adventure. :)

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  21. Oh, you'll LOOOOOOVE Books of Wonder. Love. Just sayin'

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  22. That is a lovely idea! I can picture your store, and would love it! Especially the twinkle lights and flooring. When can I come and visit? ;)

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    1. I would love to make this store a reality. Sadly, where I live there is only a big box bookstore and nothing else. I only just realized this recently. Pretty bad for a city of 90,000 people. O_o

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  23. Oh I LOVE the sound of your bookstore, I wish it were real and I could visit with my son, it sounds perfect. I love the twinkly fairy lights and of course having cupcakes near by - cupcakes, books & coffee = a pretty perfect afternoon!

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    1. Cupcakes + Books + Coffee (or Tea) = Perfect! :) I would love to have a bookstore like this in my city.

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  24. Our dream bookstores are very similar. I've never seen You've Got Mail (tried to a couple times, but as it was the day after our all-night graduation party, I kept falling asleep), but that bookstore is the most darling thing ever! I love it.

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    1. You should definitely give it another shot! It's such a fun movie. :) It's worth even just to get glimpses of The Shop Around the Corner.

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  25. I looooove You've Got Mail! Everything about the bookstore you've imagined sounds wonderful.

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    1. I really need to watch it again soon. :) It's been way too long. I'm not sure that a bookstore like this would survive in our city. All we have is a big box bookstore in a city of 90,000. Kind of sad, actually.

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  26. I'd forgotten about that bookshop in the movie...so wonderful...and creating that magical book atmoshere for kids would be sooo much fun.

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    1. It would totally be fun! I watched the Hallmark Christmas movie this year, and there a toy store that had a little fairy house in it. The fairy house was amazing! That would make a nice addition to this little imaginary bookshop. Now if only it was for real... :)

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  27. I'm going to write the exact thing I wrote on Jess's post:

    Sigh. I love You've Got Mail so much. And I love your idea. :)

    We should have a twitter-movie night and all watch and live tweet it together. Hmm. This is not a bad idea!

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    1. I'm long overdue to watch You've Got Mail again. It's been far, far too long. I think your Twitter movie night with live tweeting sounds fantastic! :) I should check Netflix and see if it's on there. (Our Netflix north of the border is lousy compared to yours.)

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    2. Don't feel too bad - I don't even have Netflix (gasp!). I do, however, own about 300 movies - I worked in the Media department of Best Buy for many years. I'm thinking Friday, February 8th for the twitter movie night. Oh, btw, I'm listening to the You've Got Mail soundtrack right now!

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  28. This sounds like the best bookstore ever. Can you start it now, please? :)

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    1. Oh, Liz, I sure wish I could! This would be a dream come true. :)

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