So, bad news…
We won’t have everything done in time to open on Friday like we hoped. Even if we rushed. We just can’t get everything done in time and get the permits. So we’ve moved the date back to Monday, March 29.
We have planned to have the Grand Opening from April 9th through the 11th.
On the plus side, Adelle and Cindy from Casanova’s Coffee and Fudge came to see me first thing this morning. Not only are they both really wonderful people, their coffees and fudge are amazing. Their store was the first place I ever did a book signing. We are going to have Casanova’s coffee for sale by the cup as well as ground in bags to take home. We will also have a variety of their mouth watering fudge prepackaged for sale.
Just as Adelle and Cindy left, the ABC training class started. That’s the neat little class where we learn how to not sell to minors. It was actually a very interesting class.
While we were paying attention to the instructor, all of us sitting in chairs in the middle of the kids reading room, a big truck pulled up in front of the store. They unloaded a pallet of my books! Everyone in the store who wasn’t taking the class unpacked the pallet and carried the books inside.
The store is really coming together and the echoing has ceased since we are filling up the shelves. The big bookcases are mounted to the walls and we are sorting out the books.
We have lots of nice baskets to make into gift baskets and the pegboards on the walls display Xelene jewelry.
Artists have been coming by and bringing artwork. Daphne Chipman and Margie Thomas brought some beautiful work over and they’re going to let us hang it on the walls.
Yesterday, my buddy Bob came by again and brought a couple more of his pieces, too.
Not bad for a colorblind guy. Here are some of his smaller pieces:
Just after the artists left, Lori with NC Wine Press stopped by. Her magazine is very informative for the wine connoisseurs and novices both.
After that, as my day was finally winding down, Kathleen stopped by with 2010 calendars for us to see. She’s going to bring us a couple of boxes that we can give away.
So, if you’re in the area – I have books to read, art to adorn the walls and tables (And the floors too. Don’t forget Renae’s floorcloths), a nice hot cup of Casanova’s coffee and a sweet taste of fudge, and please pick up a couple of calendars on your way out!
Can you wait until Monday though? Maybe by then, I will have wine too!