Yesterday, December 23, 2017, the Bookstore in Kilgore & The Coffee Cherry had its last business day of calendar year 2017. We opened August 19, 2017, so we have completed four months in the wild world of retail.
What are some of the things we have learned?
For me the main thing has been the joy of engaging customers in the bookstore, sharing ideas and fashioning friendships. On the Coffee Cherry side, I have watched a steady stream of customers come in and "become one" with our lovely barista.
What lies ahead in 2018?
We are always thinking of new ways to add value to customers' experience in the store. The BIK book club is hitting its stride with selections in place through May. People are finding the upstairs meeting room and booking it for community events. We will begin a water color class soon, beef up our children's reading hour and expand our book inventory.
But all these things we plan have one touchstone: conversation. We want the store to be a place folks can come to fellowship, where they can find a listening ear, where they can laugh, and even sing if they want.
Thanks for your support in 2017. We will see you around the corner come January 2, 2018.