Good morning everyone! I have a very special and very exciting post to share with you today. Things will be changing a little for the blog here at The Cosy Book Shoppe. The posts will still be going up every week and they will still cover some of the same topics, but I am very excited to say that I will be sharing these posts with my nearest and dearest friend. I’ll get into all the juicy and exciting details, but I want to give a little back story first…
It all started with Harry Potter.
We met in the corporate world when I was transferred from a front desk position to a department representative in the company that we both worked for. Aleta and I had seen each other around the office and exchanged hello’s, but hadn’t really spoken until one day we were sharing office space (a large office divided into two cubicles). Very quickly we realized that we shared an immense love of all things Harry Potter, tea, and rainy days. A friendship was born.
Our friendship continued to grow and we became close friends very quickly. The more we spoke and learned, the more we realized how alike we were in some ways and how our differences were refreshing. Aleta is my nearest and dearest friend and I cherish the close friendship that we have created. From that friendship and that bond, The Cosy Book Shoppe came to life.
The story of The Cosy Book Shoppe is a little bit longer and it will be told, but ultimately it came from two very close friends dreaming up a place that they could go to escape the mundane-ness of every day. To be able to be in a welcoming, cosy environment, even if only for a little while. Neither of us had found this perfect spot and so we started dreaming. (The full story of what happened is coming, I promise!)
I started the blog up as a place to offer that escape feeling to anyone and to share my thoughts. I knew that opening the brick and mortar location would potentially come someday, but I craved that feeling sooner rather than later. With the blog, I felt that I could give (and receive) that feeling and when the opportunity arose to start offering the custom tea blends for The Cosy Book Shoppe I jumped! The chance to share my thoughts and dream with you online, but also help others create that atmosphere in their own location is such a dream!
Since starting the blog, and then opening the shoppe, I have always bounced ideas off of Aleta and have wanted to have her be involved. She has been supportive every step of the way and has been a voice in the background with blends and products. I have wanted her to start becoming more involved for a while, but it hasn’t been an option. In our lives, timing is everything and we have figured out that the timing has worked out perfectly to have her start being more of a part of the shoppe at this point!
Aleta is going to start posting some blog posts and I am really excited to have her share her views and thoughts with all of us! She is such a large part of The Cosy Book Shoppe and has such a unique perspective to offer on everything from tea to young readers. We are also brainstorming new products and ideas for how to continue to move the shoppe forward and help you have your own little spot of peace and happiness wherever you may be.
You will start to see a slight shift and expansion in the topics of the posts as we continue to grow and move forward with the vision for The Cosy Book Shoppe. This is going to be a good shift and I am excited to see how things continue to move forward!