Behold, the second installment in our "spoken in the shop" series: actual conversations and words overheard in The Bookshelf these last few weeks.
On going vegetarian
"Is there such a thing as vegan cheese?"
On life as a 20-something entrepreneur
90-year-old man to owner: "Where's your boss?"
Owner: "Actually, I'm the boss!"
Man: "How does an 8-year-old girl run a business?"
Older female customer: "You have the prettiest hands. I hope you take care of them."
On Taylor Swift
Male customer: "So you guys really must like Taylor Swift. She's been on every time I've come in the store."
Owner: "Oh, sorry about that. We kind of love her. Don't worry, though. We might be over it next week."
Customer: "No, what's really scary is I know all the words to like half of these songs."
On how Olivia Pope affects all of us
Customer: "I need something new to read. Nothing too scandalous; my life's scandalous enough."
On rejecting the picture book
Little boy with young adult novel, Star Attraction: "Daddy, I found a book!"
Dad: "You did? What kind of a book is it?"
Little boy, flipping pages: "It has WORDS!"
On relationship upgrades
Male customer, standing next to girlfriend at register: "You guys don't happen to sell nicer girlfriends here, do you?"
Owner: "No." To girl: "And we don't sell nicer boyfriends either."
On record deals
Manager, singing quietly in the store.
Customer, peeking from behind corner: "I'd sign you!"
On that saying, "there's no accounting for taste"
Female customer: "I'm looking for a book for my 80-year-old brother."
Manager: "Well, what does he like?"
Customer: "His favorite book is Fifty Shades of Grey."