Friday, October 1, 2010
No, We Are Not Leaving Northport!
“Dog Ear Books is moving to downtown Athens, Ga., from Madison, about 30 miles away, the Morgan County Citizen reported. The store's last official day in Madison was yesterday. Dog Ear should open in Athens later this month.”
When this little item caught my eye in this morning’s “Shelf Awareness” newsletter, I was glad all over again that our local newspaper, the Leelanau Enterprise, had spelled my business name correctly in the article they ran this week. The Georgia bookstore, you see, is Dog EAR Books, and I’ve gotten that spelling many times over the years. There is also a California store called Dog EARED Books, out in San Francisco. We in Northport, Michigan, however, are Dog EARS Books and always have been. One dog, two ears. That’s us.
I know that the California people have the more descriptive name (although we never dog-ear books at our house—well, almost never; cheap paperbacks are an exception to the rule), and I wish the Georgia people all manner of good fortune in their new home (‘Athens’ has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?), but our store has been Dog Ears since it opened in 1993, and now that we’re back on Waukazoo street again, just up the block from where we started, why would we go anywhere else?
But now, here it is—I have to come clean about this—there is another Dog Ears. Yes! We are not the only one! The other one is in Ottawa, Ontario. I’d love to visit it sometime.
But there’s also another Dog Eared, in Montreal, so the San Francisco people don’t have a lock on the past-participle version of our related names.
I wonder if all these other stores have dogs or if they had dogs when they first opened. We did and do. We had Nikki, who was as much a part of the name as were the books, and now we have Sarah, the second Dog Ears dog. If only a dog could read, she would never get bored in a bookstore.