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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Change Is in the Wind

Sign of things to come -- soon!
Please read the sign!
In the photo above, you see the sign for Red Mullein, the gallery that has been operating down in the old Depot building by the marina parking lot and soon to re-open at 106 Waukazoo Street. Clare is very busy these days, moving furniture and stock, but I'll let you know when she's ready to open for business.

As for Dog Ears Books, we are still open, with a few changes, one of which is our new street entrance. It's going to take some getting used to (who will learn faster, Sarah or me?), and we'll need to move our OPEN flag holder, too.

our new entrance

The new door is fully functional, but when you come in -- if you come in this week or next -- you'll see why we don't plan to hold next week's guest author event in the bookstore. Reminder: That will be Loreen Niewenhuis, coming to introduce you to and sign copies for customers of her new book, A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, and the plan is still to gather from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, April 18, across the street at Brew North, where's lots of room for Northporters and visitors of all ages.

Because -- this is what the bookstore looked like inside yesterday, Wednesday, April 10:

We have a temporary plastic wall!
We're a little crowded, too.
When the new drywall is all mudded and sanded, and the new wall painted, and bookstore shelving and furniture moved into permanent position against the new wall (well, as permanent as anything is in this business and this life), the picture will be completely different.

For now? We are still OPEN! We're also still on our winter (remodeling) hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You should use the new door to access the bookstore, and then -- pardon our dust and the current odd arrangement of our art books. As Loretta Castorini's father, played by Vincent Gardenia, said in the movie "Moonstruck" (one of my all-time favorite films), "Everything is temporary!" So we certainly can't let our bookstore life come to a stop, as long as it continues to evolve.

This view will change by month's end....


handdunnart said...

We can't wait to come up for a visit this summer to see the new space, Sarah and you. The evolution looks promising and once the discussion chairs are located, it will feel just like home.

handdunnart said...

We are looking forward to seeing you,Sarah and the new place, hopefully this summer. The new place looks good so far and once the discussion area is back in it's rightful spot, it will feel like home again. Hopefully, I haven't been redundant, still learning to blog.

P. J. Grath said...

Michael, you thought your first comment hadn't registered, but it had. I published both, anyway, in appreciation for your not having given up. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you and Marsha again in Northport and will do our best to make you feel at HOME!

Dawn said...

Hopefully I'll see it sometime this summer! Or fall. Or winter. Well by winter it will be OLD! :)

P. J. Grath said...

I'll keep posting about the improvements as they occur, Dawn, so when you see them in person you will still recognize the place!