Amidst the angst and anger of dismantling a store that I helped build from scratch nearly seventeen years ago, something happy and positive.
We have a key.
We don't have our money or our lease, but we did get an agreeable rental agreement and, after signing it, received our own keys to the space. And, although there's not much we can do there at this point, we've spent several hours there over the last few days, laying the store out in our heads (too many fixtures in there to lay it out for real yet), arguing about colors, talking about signage and events.
Here are some of the major sections:
Along the long wall to the left as you enter the store, you'll find our Bestsellers, Featured New Books, Fiction, and Mystery, including our signature California Crime section.
The short back wall will contain Cooking.
This is our Kids section, from several different angles.
This area will house our cash wrap (and, in case you don't recognize them, those fixtures currently crammed in the space are the Kids fixtures).
We've decided to decorate the vast expanses of wall above the bookcases with framed posters, and have already acquired a number of very cool book cover posters.
Our favorites, so far, are the two our friend Stephen Schwartz asked his publisher to send us, of his gorgeous and gritty crime novels Boulevard and Beat, which we'll proudly display next to the vintage On the Road, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Catch 22 covers we've thus far acquired.
As you can see, no matter which photo you look at, we have our work cut out for us. But believe me when I tell you, and I know I speak for both of us, we're chomping at the bit to get started.