Lawyer, Baker, Bookshop Maker!!

Wow, so, ya, it’s been a while!!  As usual, there is too much to catch up on in the past 4 or 5 months, so I will skip to the big news: The Bookgarden is blooming!!  We “officially” open on April 16th, right before Easter weekend.  We won’t have a big grand opening party until early May, but we will be open for business as of next week.  What an adventure so far!!

As you can see from the pictures below (and to the left), the painting is finished, the curtains are up, and most importantly, we have all our book shelves (as well as the start to a very cozy reading nook – just need a comfy chair, a lamp, and a side table and it’s good to go)!! We also have some new tea cups so we can offer complimentary tea (and probably some fresh cookies from the bakery when the owner feels like giving me some – ha!). In the past few weeks we have asked the people of Zitsa to help us by donating books, and we have received an amazing response to that, which is great.  People keep bringing bags by every day!  

And of course, they keep asking when we are going to open – they are so excited!! We still have a bit of a way to go, though, to fill our shelves.  And we really want to be able to stock books in a variety of languages, so along with donations, we need to buy books. To that end, we launched the indiegogo fundraising campaign on April 4th and it has been going great - we have raised over 20% of our goal so far!!  The outpouring of support, both financially and intellectually, has been astounding.  If anyone reading this has already donated or spread the word via your social network, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! But we still need help!  So I am going to keep this short.  Below is the link to the indiegogo campaign which includes a 2 1/2 minute video about the project, as well as a full written description (in English and Greek!) about where the idea come from, for what the funds raised will be used, and our vision for the bookshop, which we will run as a non-profit Literary & Creative Community Center. If you have a moment, please check it out, and if you like what you see, consider making a donation (ANY amount helps – even $5!) and also passing around to your friends & family via personal e-mail, blog posts, and your social media network.  The more we can spread it, the more support we will get!! And if you have ANY questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact me either via leaving a comment here on the blog or e-mailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or skype at turtlegirl76). More updates to come soon!!  Thanks!! Link to the campaign: