Wednesday, 27 October 2010
We're great - it's official! We're one of the country's 50 Best Bookshops according to a recent feature in The Independent. We're included in a brand new for 2010 '50 Of The Best' list with a host of other fantastic (and award winning) shops such as Jaffe & Neale in Chipping Norton and The Watermill in Aberfeldy as well as our friends at Edinburgh's Children's Bookshop and the Yellow Lighted Bookshop in Tetbury. Our entry reads...
"As with Chris's other Scottish recommendations, he rates this business for having 'created a shop with its own personality, by combining bookselling with wider reading/arts activities to create a focal point for local activities'."
Aw shucks. We try.
Over the two and a half years we're been open we've tried our hardest to bring our customers (that's you!) a li'l bit of everything reading-wise: books you really want. And as well as simply selling books, we've done a whole lot more - we've donated to local charities and fundraisers, worked with schools on events and competitions, linked up with other businesses to show how great the town's indie sector is, supported local arts groups and festivals with ticket sales services, and sold books everywhere from company picnics and playgroups to Christmas Fairs and conferences! On top of that we've taken part in industry wide initiatives such as IndieBound and World Book Day, local initiatives and events such as 'Cheque It Out', and the Victorian Street Fair, and we've even found time to bring our customers our very own unique, exclusive, handmade, personalised greetings and Bo'ness Fair Day cards! Whew! (No wonder we need a holiday this week!)
OK, so we're not be one of the country's bigger shops, we don't have unlimited budgets, and we may be a little off the beaten track, but like many other hardworking indie bookshops we've been quietly busying ourselves behind the scenes trying really hard to bring everything together. We want the shop to be a true community bookshop, and I'm over the moon that all our hard work has been recognised in this way. So thanks to our customers for supporting us over the last few years, and thanks to Chris Conway of www.localbookshops.co.uk for nominating us and the rest of the voting panel for seeing fit to include us with such other great bookshops!
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
Matt Steele, Architect: A Biography focuses on the life of Matt Steele and his work, particularly in and around Bo'ness. Beautifully laid out, and with pages and pages of wonderful photographs, this book takes in many of the well known sights of the town and explains the architectural history behind them. Personally, I had known of Steele's involvement in the Hippodrome as well as in the building directly opposite the shop here (previously open as 'Wevelings') but I hadn't realised he had undertaken so many comissions around the rest of the town. From shop fronts and offices to churches, sawmills and cinemas, not to mention numerous family homes all around the town, Steele's designs and influence is clearly stamped on the industrial, commercial and residential history of Bo'ness.
If you've always wanted to know a little more about how the town came to look this way, then this book is a must have, and it's a great addition to the selection of local history books available here at the shop.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Looking forward to the next few months: the falling leaves, the warm fires, and the (dare I say it?) Christmas shopping? Me too! But spare a thought for the nation's teenagers who not only have their exams next May to think of, but also have to study hard for their mock exams later this year before they can switch off and enjoy the change of seasons...
Friday, 8 October 2010
Our vouchers have been popular with schools as prizes, and make great birthday presents for adults and kids alike! So if you're ever stuck for gift ideas, pop in and pick up some vouchers!