Auntie Katie has had her bookshop, called Books with Pictures, near the corner of 12th and Division for two and a half years now. And she has lived at Tamarack and Hickory Streets, about four blocks away, for much longer. That’s a nice, short commute to work.
Now, her commute is going to be even shorter! She has just bought a building, at the corner of Division and Orange, that will have her shop on the ground floor and an apartment for her and the cousins to live in on the second floor! To get to work, she just needs to head downstairs. (She could even go in her jammies!)
This building, which was built in 1926, started out as a grocery store. It then changed to a butcher shop. But it has been a bookstore for about fifty years, under the names Serendipity Corner, Pegasus, and more recently, Longfellow’s Books. People in the neighborhood were sad to see the old shop close, and are very happy and supportive of Katie in her work to keep this lovely building healthy and prosperous.
Since the building is so old, it has some problems that need solving. The plumbing needs work, the electrical system is not enough for modern living, and the roof (probably) leaks a little.
But it has a basement that is dry and has space for a (planned) record shop and music venue. It has street front windows that will invite people to stop in, chat, and buy some books. It has a two bedroom apartment upstairs that came complete with an old, sweet-sounding piano. And most important, it has Auntie Katie, Jasper and Kestrel, who will turn it into a home.
This is going to be so exciting!