When we first opened Literati Bookstore, surviving the first three years (getting the word out, paying rent, finding time to sleep) seemed like a far-fetched fantasy. To survive and enter that far-off “Year Four” would mean a great number of many things, but especially: We can do this.
Since opening in March of 2013, due to the incredible amount of support we’ve had, the store has changed and morphed into something altogether unexpected and wonderful. We’ve expanded our staff from 7 to 17. We’ve expanded our space from 2600 to almost 4,000 square feet. We’ve hit personal and professional mile-markers, and we’ve had to re-invent our tiny little wheel again and again. Now, we realize that not only “we can do this,” but we can grow beyond what we once thought possible. Now, we’re trying to figure out how we can be downtown not only for another three years, but for the next 30.
Thank you, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and all who have supported us these first three years — especially our encouraging friends, our supportive families, and our hard-working staff. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, rather than typing out 40,000 words about how lucky we feel, I thought I’d include 40 photos from the past three years. These are not all my favorites, but a few nice moments from the bookstore.
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Thank you so much for everything, but especially for proving that bookstores are not dying and bookstores are not dead. With your help, the bookstore culture is very much alive here in Ann Arbor. We hope to see you soon.