New fall hours.
It might not feel like fall outside just yet, but trust me: It's coming. I can tell because our store calendar is full, and downtown Thomasville is buzzing with activity. There's FLAUNT this weekend, plus One Book and Covey Film Festival in October; we've got Reader Meet Writer next Saturday, and I'm busy booking guests for our growing podcast.
Things are happening, and I love that The Bookshelf plays such an important role in so many of Thomasville's comings and goings. Bookstores should always be right, smack dab in the middle of their communities, and I think we are. It's part of the reason we decided we'd be staying open later this fall.
Last week, I asked customers to weigh in, to let us know how late they'd like to see our lights on. Opinions varied, and we know these things are hard to predict, but we finally settled on staying open Fridays and Saturdays until 8:30 p.m.
When we've stayed open until 7, our 6-7 p.m. hour is dead. (You're all eating dinner at Jonah's, and we can't blame you.) When we stay open until 8, the very best customers show up at 7:45. If we stay open until 9, our staff will be zonked. (Introverts need early bedtimes; didn't you know?)
8:30 seemed like a happy medium, and Fridays and Saturdays -- when downtown is already full of hustle and bustle -- sounded like a good place to start.
So no... There's no fall breeze in the air just yet, and my boots are still tucked away in my closet somewhere. But The Bookshelf is ready for fall. And this Friday and Saturday? Our lights will be on, and we'll be here until 8:30 p.m.
Come by and browse after dinner. This is going to be fun.