Opening a Small-Town Bookstore During the Pandemic Was the Craziest Thing We Ever Did

Opening a Small-Town Bookstore During the Pandemic Was the Craziest Thing We Ever Did

indie bookstore bastropWhen you tell people you’re thinking about opening a bookstore, they’re quick to respond, I’ve always wanted to do that.  It’s every book lover’s fantasy. Yet nothing can quite prepare you for the reality of starting any business, even under normal conditions. Certainly, few dreamers think to prepare for the nightmare of a global pandemic that shutters most brick-and-mortar retail, disrupts supply chains, and kills hundreds of thousands of your fellow citizens.  In January of last year, my wife and I put our life savings down on a 140-year-old building on Main Street in Bastrop, a small town outside Austin—East of Weird goes the slogan—where we’ve lived since 2015. We’d spotted the storefront, which is part of the National Register of Historic Places, while having breakfast…View Original Post

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