The Rare “Bookstore Owner Abroad” Opportunity

That's the full moon, top right. We've been having such busy days, I keep forgetting to take photos!

That’s the full moon, top right. We’ve been having such busy days, I keep forgetting to take photos!

Jack and I don’t get out much. Owning a bookstore is very like having a 4,000-lb. two-year-old in your life. It requires constant care, feeding, and anticipation of its future needs in order to maintain a happy home.

But we are in DC this week because, wearing my other hat for the college and Southwest Virginia, I’m educating our elected officials on the need for graduate medical education (doctors who TRAIN in Coalfields Appalachia, and then practice here). It’s a wonderful thing to be involved in, and being a woman who owns a business in a small community adds a certain heft to my voice. Politicians like women who own businesses in rural areas. We’re photogenic.

Good thing I’m not cynical, eh?

But I digress. Jack’s birthday is TODAY (thank you, on behalf of Jack) and we are going to visit Williamsburg this weekend in celebration. (Yes, the next blog will be about our impressions of the place, since we’ve never been before.)

The point is, it really doesn’t matter where we go or what we do; the fact that we’re doing it outside the bookstore for a week is its own holiday. Don’t get the wrong impression. We LOVE LOVE LOVE being bookslingers. We love our work, our community, and our lifestyle.

But a change is as good as a rest, and we’re loving the days in DC. It’s a great place to visit (although, yes, the cliche is true – living here, not so much.)

There is an odd element to being out of the shop, though. Without getting TOO personal – this is a family-friendly blog – usually when I feel something moving in the bed, I assume it’s a cat, be it foster or staff. That’s never true in a hotel room.

That’s the full moon, top right. We’ve been having such busy days, I keep forgetting to take photos!

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6 responses to “The Rare “Bookstore Owner Abroad” Opportunity

  1. Judith Bernicchi

    Wendy and Jack:  When you go to Williamsburg, you have to visit Mermaid Books, one of my favorite used bookstores ever: http://www.mermaidbookswilliamsburg.com/ The shop is down the stairs, below street level,  and is a wonderful place for browsing, reading, and buying.  Be sure to check out all the literary cartoons hanging on the bookshelves.  Have fun in Williamsburg! Judy From: “Wendy Welch, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap” To: jbern49@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, February 5, 2015 10:59 AM Subject: [New post] The Rare “Bookstore Owner Abroad” Opportunity #yiv5601491601 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5601491601 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5601491601 a.yiv5601491601primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5601491601 a.yiv5601491601primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5601491601 a.yiv5601491601primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5601491601 a.yiv5601491601primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5601491601 WordPress.com | wendywelch posted: “Jack and I don’t get out much. Owning a bookstore is very like having a 4,000-lb. two-year-old in your life. It requires constant care, feeding, and anticipation of its future needs in order to maintain a happy home.But we are in DC this week beca” | |

  2. You will love Williamsburg………Used to run a used bookstore here in Maine.

  3. Mary

    Happy Birthday, Jack! I hope y’all enjoy Williamsburg — it’s one of my favorite places.

  4. Judy

    Wendy and Jack: When you go to Williamsburg, you have to visit Mermaid Books, one of my favorite used bookstores ever: http://www.mermaidbookswilliamsburg.com/ The shop is down the stairs, below street level, and is a wonderful place for browsing, reading, and buying. Be sure to check out all the literary cartoons hanging on the bookshelves. Have fun in Williamsburg!

  5. SharonCville

    I lived in Williamsburg years ago when I was in law school there, and my brother and his family lived there for many years. One of my favorite “hidden” treats there is the Raleigh Tavern on DOG street towards the Capitol end, where you can get very yummy ginger cakes– sort of a cross between a biscuit and a cookie (softer, not as sweet). You may also enjoy a newer local hit restaurant, Food For Thought, on Richmond Road which mixes philosophy and fine dining. Enjoy! Williamsburg is an interesting place.

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