… Or at least from the stinky, oily soot.
Yep, The Book Corner is scheduled to be back in business in about two weeks. Target date for us to throw the doors open for real, if all goes well, is Friday, December 2nd. Who knows? Perhaps if the book gods smile upon us, we may even re-open a day or two sooner. Stay tuned here for breaking news on that front.
It turns out proprietor Margaret Taylor carried a sweet insurance policy as a hedge against a catastrophe — or a near-one like the overnight electrical fire that put us out of business Monday evening or Tuesday morning. No one knows exactly when it happened but sometime after the store was closed Monday at 8:00pm and when Margaret showed up for work the next AM at about 7:30, an oscillating fan had burst into flames, tumbled to the floor, burned through the tile flooring and substrate, and ignited a few greeting card spinners before it magically went out.
The mini-blaze did produce an ungodly amount of smoke-stink and sticky black soot that covered virtually all our inventory — books, magazines, calendars, day planners, greeting cards, blank journals, and all the rest. Acc’d’g to Margaret’s insurance company, we’ll be rebuilt (we’ll need a new floor; it’ll be hardwood, I understand, woo-hoo!), repainted, fire-damage restored, and completely restocked over this week and next.
So don’t shed any tears for us, Bloomingtina. Just sock some dollars away from your Black Friday budget — better yet, don’t even honor that silly “tradition” — and do your early Christmas shopping with us, starting — fingers crossed — the first Friday in December.
Nice to know not all news these days is bad, isn’t it?
Tell It, Jackson!
It’s not unusual to see on our fair megalopolis’s sidewalks IU Maurer School of Law professor Christie Ochoa dragging in tow her three fast-growing young lads. All of them love to read books and one of them, Jackson, even made a little video love letter to the Book Corner a couple of years ago.
Here, groove on it again and again as you sit in your darkened cubbyhole, waiting for us to reopen in two weeks.