What does The Cosy Book Shoppe look like to you?
Mia: Goodness, I have a floor plan and design scheme that could put an interior decorator to shame and I don’t even have a physical location yet! Not only that, but I have a very clear image of the feelings, heart and soul of the shoppe and how it comes through. The exterior of the shoppe would be brick with two large bay windows at the front. These windows give you your first glimpse at the inside of the shoppe. Walking into the store you are immediately greeted with several sights and smells. The smell of wood, old books, and a roaring fireplace playfully entice your sense of smell while your eyes take in the sight of large armchairs, low tables, and a never ending amount of bookshelves and book lined walls. Soft music playing in the background may intrigue you, but the sound of your footsteps against the wooden floor, pages turning softly, a cackling fire and a kettle boiling allow you to truly savor the atmosphere. Once you walk through the door the only thing left to do is to pick a book, choose a blend of tea (or beverage of choice), and find the perfect spot for you.
Aleta: Opening the door to The Cosy Book Shoppe assails the senses with multiple delights…but even before entering you are first drawn in by the inviting exterior: a sign with vintage scrollwork and elegant lettering protrudes from the brick storefront, atop a grand wooden door whose worn finish reflects a long history of welcoming guests. Flanking either side of the door are large bronze sconces with flickering flames which cast playful shadows on the faces of those who enter. To the right of the door, a large window allows a peek inside to the cozy interior. As you enter, an old-fashioned bell cheerily announces your visit, and you are struck at once with the sights, smells, and sounds of The Cosy Book Shoppe. Your nose recognizes the fragrance of books and old wood as you take in the gleaming mahogony counter to your right, and the multitude of wooden bookshelves laden with colorful volumes to your left. The light from the front window illuminates the counter area, with its display of tea tins and mugs behind it. A few small tables and chairs are grouped cafe-style in front of the counter, behind the front window. Cheerful blooms in ecclectic vases adorn each table, making it an easy and welcoming spot to sip a cuppa while you watch the passers-by outside. Walking towards the bookshelves lined up in rows perpendicular to the left wall, the old wood floors creak softly as if to say, “stay awhile, won’t you please?” As you peruse the bookshelves you notice quaint signs hanging at the end of each row announcing the genre of books found within. Fiction, Classics, Biographies, Fantasy, Mystery….a deep sense of contentment settles over you as you recognize favorite titles, and gaze over row upon row of potential new favorites. As you continue walking, the “hallway” affect of bookshelves gives way to a large open area in the back, where the bookshelves are now lining the walls rather than protruding from them. Comfy armchairs, lamps of every height and hue, wooden side tables, and colorful rugs invite you settle in and lose yourself in a literary haven. As you ease into a velvet armchair and open your chosen volume, you notice the faint sound of soothing intrumental music playing in the background. A smile spreads across your face. You take a sip of tea, sigh happily, and give yourself over to the uninterrupted bliss of The Cosy Book Shoppe.
What do you bring to The Cosy Book Shoppe?
Mia: I want to provide that quiet space for you; to be that old friend that is always there to welcome you, no matter what, and sit a while with you. Even if there is not a physical space as of yet, I firmly believe that we can still allow that to happen here on our website. Sometimes life can be overwhelming and in so many ways we get caught up in the fast pace of every day. As I’ve said so many times before, I love to curl up in my large chair with a book and a cup of tea. This is my most peaceful point in my day and where I feel my most relaxed. I would like to re create that feeling here on The Cosy Book Shoppe site and allow everyone to have that feeling of curling up and taking a moment for relaxation. I will always be that person who will sit and chat over a cuppa about anything and I want to be that person for you. When you think of me, think of me coming over to you with a piping hot, steeping cuppa and us sitting and chatting for a little while. Or sitting with our books and steaming hot tea and reading. I will also be happy to hand out book recommendations at any point in time 😉
Aleta: Even though The Cosy Book Shoppe is not yet a brick-and-mortar shop, it is a concept I want to share with as many people as possible who, like me, desire an interlude of refuge from the reality of life and its challenges. In a society where it is so easy to flip on the TV and waste hours on useless entertainment (not judging, I’ve done it too!), there is something so refreshing about finding a quiet spot and opening up a book. In the same way that books allow us to escape to a different time, different place (different gender, different ethnicity, different religion, etc.) by taking us on a literary journey, so too, can The Cosy Book Shoppe be that quiet spot, that feeling of escape and refreshment in the midst of a busy day.Part of my involvement in The Cosy Book Shoppe will be to present you, the reader, with this feeling of refuge and discovery every time you enter the website, through every blog post and product description that I write. It is my hope that clicking the link to our site will be the equivalent of walking over the threshold into the actual Shoppe and being greeted by that cheery old bell above the door. In addition to the guest blogs, I also have a passion for children’s books and young adult literature, and will be periodically adding book reviews for this genre to the website. All in all, I am looking forward to having The Cosy Book Shoppe become an even bigger part of my day-to-day frame of mind, and in sharing that with all of you through blogging and book reviews. When you read my posts, just picture me at the front of the shop, bustling around the counter or putting books away, then looking up with a smile as you enter the shop and exclaiming, “Oh it’s you! Come in….I’ll put the kettle on!”