From the Back Porch

Where We Started

May 6, 2024

Time to take the Coming Soon Sign Down!  We were opening for business in record breaking time.  We had signed the lease in July and were ready for our first customer by the end of September, just in time for the Art Festival! It became real when our first tote came in. 

Construction of Welbourne Pt. 2

May 2, 2024

But in 2014 and 2015, it was perfect while we grew into a bigger bookstore.

Construction of Welbourne Pt. 1

April 29, 2024

This is where my design background and the beginning of the construction of our first store on Welbourne. I knew I could only afford a side street and I was able to convince the owner of the building that I was going to create the cutest and quaintest bookstore in Central Florida. The building used to be a real estate office. It had offices on the side and open in the back (a little).

My First Independent Bookstore Day!

April 22, 2024

Today, honoring more than 500 independent bookstores, Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national event that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.

The Train Station

April 17, 2024

Once I decided I needed to be in Winter Park, I first walked up and down the Avenue to see if any merchants would like to give up some space for a bookstore. Then I would put the kids in the car and sit in front of the train station at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to see all the shoppers getting off and, on the train, to see what part of Park Avenue they were coming from and what they looked like.

Do Not Spoil My Dream

April 12, 2024

Even before we opened, I made pretend that the store was open. I would spend hours making flyers announcing the new store. I walked up and down Park Avenue and introduced myself to each merchant, asking them to display my postcards.

What Does "Bookstore" Mean to You?

April 10, 2024

We are now in 2014. I decided the store needed to be in Winter Park, preferably Park Avenue. I knew I could not afford the Avenue, so I looked at side streets. I wanted to rent a little space in Welbourne.

Why Winter Park Cont.

April 8, 2024

We are now in this great town of Winter Park, with its trees, houses, parks, proximity to everything, and cultural influences. When I was at FTU, we came to Park Avenue for Coke floats at my sorority sister's mother's drugstore, which is now Briar Patch. When I worked on the Avenue, I would shop at Hattie's. Right out of college, I spent every penny on clothes.