Opening a Bookstore

Week 1 in the Books for New Pittsboro Bookshop

Week 1 in the Books for New Pittsboro Bookshop

I finished my first week as a bookseller by closing up and dashing to a wedding, late of course, but there, nonetheless. Instead of disapproving looks from the on-time guests, and censure from the bride, I was welcomed with understanding and enthusiasm. I am the Quixotic bookman, tilting at windmills[Read More…]

Pittsboro Bookshop is Now Open

Pittsboro Bookshop is Now Open

I opened the door and people materialized – right before my eyes. It was surprising, like when I spent three hours putting together a remote controlled plane for my son and the thing actually flew! Our first customer browsed, then several hours later returned and bought a $50 Far Side[Read More…]

Circle City Books Opening Soon

Circle City Books Opening Soon

This is my last post before next week when Circle City opens its doors to customers. I am facing with a calm and serene acceptance the fact that my first week in business will be a chaotic welter of disorder and catastrophe. From credit cards to cash register to furnace[Read More…]

Lose Weight Fast, Open a Bookstore

Lose Weight Fast, Open a Bookstore

If you want to lose weight, you should open a bookstore. It might not work for you, but I’ve dropped 20 pounds since this project began in mid-July. I doubt it is because of exercise, though I’ve carried more boxes of books than I could count. I think it is[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 Opening a Bookstore
Bookstore Opening Soon Approaching

Bookstore Opening Soon Approaching

As I write this on Sunday night, there are now just 20 days until the bookstore’s opening, Oct 20. I don’t know if I’ll be ready or not, but I am determined to open regardless. It’s time to start selling some of the astounding mountains of books that continue to[Read More…]

by October 2, 2012 Opening a Bookstore
Circle City Books has a Logo

Circle City Books has a Logo

After several weeks of fine-tuning, I’ve finally got a logo. That means I can start working on the signs that will go on and around the building. Our graphic artist came up with a much better design than what I had in mind when I presented him with my rough[Read More…]

by September 25, 2012 Bookstore Profiles, Opening a Bookstore
Post Office Problems & Forging Ahead

Post Office Problems & Forging Ahead

I am not ashamed to admit how little I know about the business I am starting, but my ignorance of some things even surprises me. I learned this week that, though my address is in the downtown center of a busy county seat, the U.S. Postal Service will not to[Read More…]

by September 18, 2012 Opening a Bookstore
The Marvel Universe

How I Opened my Bookstore

I can’t remember when I thought that it might be fun to have my own bookstore. I know that since my teens I have enjoyed going to book stores. The first “book” type stores I remember going to was the comic book store that was operated at the building that[Read More…]

by September 17, 2012 Opening a Bookstore