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Monday, May 3, 2010
Oh, We Were So Modest Back Then!
Here are some of my old pictures of the original Dog Ears Books. This is the little shed and our first cleverly dog-eared sign. It was 1993 on Waukazoo Street. Clayton Weeks was still owner of Woody’s Settling Inn (named for Woody Allen, by the way, not for Clayton or any other “Woody,” which has confused many people over the years) and owned the little shed, recently removed from the property. Dog Ears. “What are you gonna sell? Is it like elephant ears [at the fair]?” people asked in June, as we were busily measuring and sawing and pounding. Then, at last, OPEN! How young we look to me now, 17 years later!
There followed an interlude in Traverse City (Union Street) until my vow to return to Northport landed us in the little bark-covered building on the corner of Mill and Nagonaba. Somewhere I have pictures of Nikki inside that building, but here’s a corner of it, featuring my fledgling perennial garden and the end of the new sign:
And here’s our old dog, Nikki, or Neffer-Nikki, as she was called for that year’s dog parade, “The Treasures of King Mutt.” She won Best Historical Reference for her impersonation of the inventor of pup-papyrus. Nikki, the original Dog Ears dog!
Such were our humble beginnings. No heat, no plumbing, no room to swing a cat, but a thrill ran through my heart when people asked, "Do you have a poetry section?" They really did ask that! And I had a poetry section!