Every now and then something very important happens that can change the trajectory of a community. Sometimes we do not know the impact that small things can have on a community like ours. This past month we lost our beloved Narrow Gauge Newsstand. Many of us started ordering online or have started to read less and spend more time watching television. As, this began to happen, sales declined. In 2017, the newsstand lost close to $25,000. So how in the world do we expect to re-open it and be successful? Well, over the last few weeks some very dedicated human beings have put their heads together to try to figure this out. The current owner of the building is gifting us all the fixtures, the computers, software and a very reasonable rent. That is our starting point and here are our ideas that might allow for the only independent bookstore in the whole SLV to continue its operations:
So, please consider getting involved as a volunteer, member, and/or owner. If you love small bookstores, if you love books, if you love having a bookstore as an anchor in our community-please join us! We will host an open house this coming Friday night the 4th of May at the bookstore. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. and provide snacks and drinks. Volunteers will be there to help you decide how to get involved. We really only have one month to figure this out. If we do not raise the funds necessary to move forward, we will not. But we anticipate that we will be able to move forward, due to the interest we are seeing in the community. Let’s just do it before it is too late!