For those who follow ME on Facebook, this is not the first time you will have heard this, but it is still MY formal announcement nevertheless. I have left the ranks of the unemployed, and taken on the post of manager of a fabulous new independent bookstore, that will be opening in Atlanta sometime in mid-April (I’ll have a specific date next week some time). It is called The Corner Bookstore, and it will located smack in the middle of the chaos at the CNN Center, downtown. It’s going to occupy the former location of the Waldenbooks that had been there since around 2000, had performed quite well, but became a victim of the corporate blade when Borders decided to close nearly all of the Walden locations. Not to dismiss the unpleasantness of any bookstore closing, but it does warm MY heart to be able to operate an independent in the shell of one of the corporate beasts that have altered the bookselling landscape.
So…what does this mean, you might ask?
Well, first, and foremost, it means that we can add, yet again, another independent bookstore to the fold, which is always a positive development. Secondly, it grants ME the opportunity to revisit the recent days of MY past, and spearhead the development, the branding, and the machinations of a bookstore. No, it isn’t mine. I do not own it. But I have been given the task, by the man who does own it, of operating this wonderful little location as if it were MY own. Which means I get the chance to imprint my vision on a store, while having the added benefit of being able to sleep at night because I’m not up worrying over the bank accounts. WIN!
So, then, what is The Corner Bookstore? It’s 1300 square feet of sheen, and shine, and beaming, gleaming, book-loving joy, is what it is! Though there is much yet to do, and inventory yet to order, I wanted to share a few preliminary images of the interior of the store. A logo is being developed, and at some point, there will also be a website, and a blog, as well as a Facebook page, and Twitter account.
I posted more of the photos on Facebook. You can go to the album here.
It’s going to be a fabulous little store, with a full line of categories, gift items, magazines & newspapers, and just about anything that can fit in the space. We’ll also host author events, and have a newsletter each week to keep you up to date on the happenings at The Corner Bookstore. Until the store blog is up and running, I’ll be posting here, which filters to both my Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Feel free to ask whatever questions you may have, and I’ll be talking it up quite a bit for the next few months.