The countdown begins. May twelfth we will re-open the doors of our new home to you lovely people. Less than two weeks. As we said previously this will be a soft opening, or in industry parlance, a friends & family opening. We invite you all to come (although not all at once) but this will not be a grand opening celebration.
We will have a real party in the very near future and you will all be invited to that. But for the time being we really just want to get our doors open. You know how you can futz with things endlessly until they look just right? Well, who knows if we will ever look just right, but we do need a deadline to work against. So May 12th it is. We will have some nibbles and sips, Raleigh will be waiting eagerly by the door and Don and I will have smiles on our faces for having made the transition. The hours will be 11:00 to 5:00.
The huge mountain of boxes is getting smaller and smaller day by day. After some questionable moments, I do believe we will have room for it all. Well, I guess I should say shelf space. There is plenty of room in here. Walking from one end of the space to the other takes a full minute. Enough time so that you want to make sure you know what you are going over there for… We had thought that our new shelving would house all of the books, but it became glaringly obvious that we would need to use some of the shelving from Middle Street. We have integrated the Metro shelving with the wood shelves quite well I think. We hung out our shingle the other day so now you can see where to find us from down the hall.
The Stainless steel tables will hold the new stock, in piles, same as in the old place. We have some stacks that we moved, but orders for brand new titles have been placed and inventory should start arriving any day now. We’ve got the newest issue of Kinfolk and the Lucky Peach #4 is on the way. Nigel Slater’s Tender Vol.II, renamed Ripe
in the US is coming, as is the Sugar Shack
book from Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal. There are many more new titles on their way, most scheduled to arrive by May 12th.
Starting with the 12th, we will be open every Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00. If those hours don’t work for you at all we will also be available by appointment. We are in the space most days, but busy with cataloguing and the like. If you can’t make a Saturday, give us a call. Chances are we can make arrangements.
We are very excited to start this new phase of Rabelais. Do come by on the 12th, we are looking forward to seeing you!