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.