Here's what you need to know.
The Bookshelf is a Southern independent bookstore with staying power -- she's been a staple in downtown Thomasville for over 30 years, and in 2017, The Bookshelf was recognized as Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. The shop has had a pretty amazing life, and we're all thrilled to play even a small role in her history. We're just all just a small part of her story.
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Annie B. Jones, Owner
A Tallahassee native, Annie began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf. The opportunity was a dream come true. Annie and her husband Jordan now happily call downtown Thomasville home, and Annie spends her days among the books and fellow readers she loves. She adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie also co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and The Bookshelf was listed in the top ten of the Independent Small Business of the Year Awards.
OLIVIA SCHAFFER, MANAGER
Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Olivia was constantly surrounded by books from her grandfather's used bookstore. Olivia chose to move to New York City to pursue a BFA degree in ballet with a minor in gender studies from Marymount Manhattan College. She spent eight years in New York, navigating the city, working as many jobs as necessary and searching for every bookstore the city had to offer. Upon moving to Thomasville with her boyfriend and giant cat, Mufasa, Olivia got her dream job as manager at The Bookshelf. Olivia is a collector of the Perry Mason series and a lover of all mysteries, thrillers and classics.
Chris Jensen, Podcast Co-host & Producer
As a veteran bookseller and early-career academic from South Florida, Chris is always around books if not consistently in them as much as he would like to be at the moment. When he's not stuck in a Sisyphean cycle of grading papers or playing cat mom to Arthur and Margery, Chris is a PhD candidate in medieval studies at the Florida State University, and you know him as the co-host for The Bookshelf's podcast, From the Front Porch.
KELSEY WARD, Bookseller
Hailing from the southwest coast of Florida, Kelsey comes to us by way of FSU where she received her BA in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a master's degree. As a part-time bookseller, Kelsey loves meeting the cast of characters that makes up Thomasville and hand-selling them her favorite books and stationery -- nothing compares to a good notebook. When not in the shop, Kelsey is probably working on her latest creative nonfiction essay or catnapping with her orange tabby, Arthur.
NANCY COURTNEY, BOOKSELLER
Working as a part-time bookseller, Nancy and her husband Ken recently relocated to Thomasville. She comes to The Bookshelf from South Florida where she worked in education for almost thirty years. She received her BS degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. As a book club member and avid reader, Nancy loves reading a great whodunnit and historical fiction. Nancy can often be heard telling the little ones, “If you can read, you can do anything!”