We worked right near a Barnes & Noble and I had spent many a lunch hour simply walking through the store and perusing all of the beautiful shelves of books. Normally this would have me feeling relaxed as I headed back to the office as if I was a new person after walking through the store. This day was a rainy day (which realistically should have made it better), however as I was sitting with my tea and waiting for my food to come up in the little cafe I found myself wishing that there was a more comfortable chair that I could sink into with my recently purchased book and just relax while I waited.
Upon my return to the office, I immediately spoke with Aleta stating that I had had a wonderful idea/dream for a space that you could sink into a large almost over stuffed chair, with your hot cup of tea, a book, and just relax for a little while. How I didn’t really feel “right” wandering through the aisles at Barnes & Noble and all I wanted was a little shoppe with tea, books, and some soft music. Her face lit up and she exclaimed that she had had the same thought and dream for a shoppe. At this point we had to get back to work, but the thought stuck with us for the rest of the afternoon and the rest of the week.
I could not let the idea of this shoppe go and we continued to dream and speak regularly about it like we were going to be opening it up in a year, rather than a dream many many years down the road (if ever). The whole thought had me feeling restless and I really could feel myself itching to somehow turn this into a reality, even if it wasn’t a store right at the outset. Aleta had suggested that we do a Pinterest board to help us dream and to help quell the desire a little bit. We furiously pinned different pictures and links as to what we had had in mind. Big surprise, we both envisioned the same set up and ideas.
The Pinterest board worked for a little while and helped some, but I think it is safe to say that we both still felt that pull to somehow make it a reality. I broached the idea of starting a blog and while at the time Aleta was in the midst of life, she gave her full support. We had already settled on the perfect name when we started the Pinterest board and I started posting away on here.
Q1: What does The Cosy Book Shoppe mean to you?
Mia: I think that The Cosy Book Shoppe represents that idea or place that is always there for you. Like an old friend or a childhood home that is always there to welcome you with a large bear hug. A welcoming sight that wraps you up in the quiet comfort with a hot cup of tea and overstuffed chair. A place where you can escape whatever you may be going through and just “be” for a little while. I really wanted The Cosy Book Shoppe to reflect both a love of the way things “used to be” as well as a desire to find a peaceful place to recharge and be comforted in a way that is not often found these days. I also wanted to hint at a little bit of British/United Kingdom love and did so in the name.
Aleta: For me, The Cosy Book Shoppe represents the idea of taking time to slow down from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, and to enjoy simple pleasures that inspire, refresh, and restore. It is also a symbol of those quiet moments you spend by yourself (alone, but not lonely), recharging your batteries by reading a book, sipping a cup of delicious tea, or just enjoying the cozy atmosphere and allowing it to massage your soul.
A couple of insights about the name:
We picked alternative spellings for the words “cozy” and “shop.” (See? We CAN spell!)
“Cosy” is how the Brits spell it, and Mia and I both love all things British. (Our Anglophilia is one of the things that knit our friendship together so quickly!)
“Shoppe” is an old-fashioned spelling that is not used anymore….but it conjures nostalgia and “days gone by” emotions which are definitely attributes of The Cosy Book Shoppe.
So to sum up: Anglophilia & Nostalgia, along with Books. That’s how we roll!