Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Well even after a bustling December and some beautiful (but havoc-causing) snow in these last few days it's hard to believe that Christmas and New Year are actually almost upon us! Despite the best efforts of the wintry weather all our customer orders did make it here in time, and apart from a slight blip mid December when a delivery of book tokens went AWOL for a few days, the Christmas shopping season went pretty well overall! Hurrah!

And now it's our turn to get out and about and enjoy the festive season, so we're closing the shop for a few days whilst we catch up with family and friends, scoff some mince pies and of course, curl up with a few good books! As from tomorrow (Christmas Day) we close up until 9.30am on Monday January 4th when we'll be back refreshed and recharged and ready for another year. As usual, our opening hours in January will be Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm.

So now all that's left to say for 2009 is that we wish all our customers, friends, neighbours, blog readers and lurkers near and far a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! We hope you stay nice and warm in the chilly weather, and that Santa brings you some great new reads!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

'Homecoming' to Christmas...

Well it's been a busy few weeks here at Inkspot & Silverleaf! The end of November saw the Christmas lights switched on in town and we had a great Saturday afternoon with loads of kids in the shop looking for a picture of Scrooge for the Treasure Hunt. Even the miserable rain towards the end of the day did nothing to dampen our spirits and the twinkly lights certainly brighten up these dark winter evenings.

Also a few weekends ago we set up stall at a local school's Christmas Fair and had a blast meeting loads of new folks, getting festive (and trying in vain to avoid the yummy looking chocolate fountain!) And on top of all that the book 'Old Bo'ness' is flying out the door at the moment thanks in part to a wee mention in the Bo'ness Journal. We've had to reorder several times but don't panic, there are still plenty left for those of you looking for great Christmas present ideas. Whew!

But there's more. We'd also created a lovely 'local' themed window in celebration of the Homecoming Fireworks that took place at the foreshore on 29th November. We'd gathered together a whole heap of Bo'ness and Scottish books to highlight - old favourites as well as some great new books such as Neil Oliver's History of Scotland, and Bannockburn 1314 by Chris Brown, new out in paperback.

...And then this week we've changed the theme window again because Christmas has finally arrived at Inkspot & Silverleaf! And just in time for last weekends' visit from the Aviemore reindeer and another brilliant treasure hunt! Shh... If you listen closely you can almost hear the jingle bells!