In the spirit of the holiday season, I just wanted to take a minute to express how thankful we at Old Firehouse Books all are for the incredible customer support we've received this holiday season. We were frankly terrified at the idea of moving our bookstore in April. It's a risk, one that could have lost us a lot of regular customers. And it probably did lose us some people- those who didn't want to drive downtown, those who were afraid they couldn't find a place to park, those who think any change is bad change. But those who found us, helped us organize for our opening, and supported us with sales in the last months... you've made us a success. There's a lot of grim tidings out there about the economy, and small businesses certainly seem to be taking the brunt of it. We've managed to buck the trend and keep all of our marvelous employees. We've updated our website and e-newsletter, started Facebook, Myspace and twitter accounts. We've started more book clubs and done more author signings. We've grown and changed and looking back, it's been pretty incredible.
So for those of you who say, "I shop here because I want to support a local bookstore," it's WORKING!! You've helped us pay for our move and renovations and make a successful go of it downtown. We know you've been wanting a local bookstore downtown, and we plan to be that local bookstore far into the future. You've done something good. Your efforts have helped not only us, but everybody who now has the option of shopping at a local bookstore and getting customer service from staff who live and breathe books. You rock. Thanks- we'll do our best to live up to all you've done for us.