Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Introducing :: Public Bookstore

When Tim and I first met, we had a lot of dreams about what our future would hold. Small, seemingly insignificant things held our hearts in their grip; huge, looming realities seemingly melted in the heat of our resolve to forge our own path through life together.

One of the small details was that we would need a car that could transport all of us. On weekends, Tim would lead me by the hand around dealership lots after hours, looking at embarrassingly large automobiles that could seat eight. The implication that we would not only have our children together someday, but would need the extra seat for when we had a child of our own, was one of the most romantic notions I could imagine, then or now. I still swoon a bit at the sight of a Toyota lot.

One of the big dreams was that we would fuse what we were passionate about with our need to earn a living. This dream first took the shape of a used bookstore slash meeting place, where we would sell art books, children's books, vintage books...plus wine, and cheese plates, and organic chocolate milks for the little ones.

We named it. We envisioned a logo, a storefront. We bought the domain name. (The artist I had fallen in love with turned out to also be a computer geek.)

Public Bookstore.

Well, that incarnation of the dream never materialized. But we've come pretty close in spirit with the community (and business) that we are building with Eyebuzz Fine Art.

When we envisioned our next project - what began in theory as a "zine", but we no longer want to label as such, as the idea has evolved somewhat - we wanted to give it an identity separate from eyebuzz, but which still held meaning for us.

Public Bookstore.

Click here for more info. And we hope you'd like to join us in this next endeavor. It's a work in progress...we'll keep you posted as we go along.

More tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

ps: Believe me, I'm as outraged about our gas guzzlers as anyone, but my husband informs me that once you drive that shiny new car off the lot, it loses an awful lot of value, and we could now probably not even afford the trade in on the Suburu or Prius that I would prefer. Please be kind when you see me on the road. I wish I had a bumper sticker that reads: Don't judge me, I really do need all the seats.

pps: The image on the Public Bookstore logo is from an antique etching of the capture of Major Andre. If you can tell me where the subtitle comes from, I'll send you a gift. Leave me a comment, and the first one who can place "All nine kinds of pie" will receive a little something in the mail.

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OpenID amydrucker said...

Come on Tara - 'all nine kinds of pie?' - it's too easy! Harold and the Purple Crayon is one of my favorite books and we often name all nine kinds of pie that Harold liked best just for fun!

February 24, 2009 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

Oh, Tara and Tim!
Aside from the eight-seater, Ari and I can tell a similar story. We both have notebooks filled with the floorplans for a bookstore-bar that has yet to be realized. We've scouted locations, planned events, and done plenty of dreaming about how to bring books, art, community, family (and - of course - drinks and snacks) together.
See you at Public Bookstore!
xox, Kathleen

February 24, 2009 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Alexis said...

Public Bookstore sounds fantastic! If I can get together something that I'm not embarrassed to send in, I'll try for the 15th. Otherwise, I'll definitely make it for the next edition.
I can't wait to see it in any event!

February 24, 2009 9:15 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

i love your romantic story, even if it is gas guzzling :) can't wait to visit the public bookstore! (p.s. one of my favorite places ever is a little used bookstore/coffee shop/art gallery in the basement of a stone building in truckee. it's called book and bean. if only i could move in there. i think i could live on books, coffee and art - no problem.)

February 26, 2009 2:27 PM  

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