On your mark, get set, GO!

Here we are at the final countdown, 3-2-1 days to go until our grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 18th!  With just give or take 48 hours or so left to feather the new nest, I fear we’ll be doing little sleeping around here in our excitement and desire to create the most welcoming, cozy, charming bookstore for you to enjoy.  We did want to take a brief timeout to thank InLandesign and Dave Thomas Design for the fantastic job they did creating our sign:

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Another thank you goes out to Tyler Schab of Random Happiness Screen Printing Inc. for getting our t-shirts printed in time for the grand opening!

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We’re excited to reward our RocketHub contributors (these people ROCK!) with their t-shirt, tote bag, and bottomless coffee mug on Saturday.  Again, thank you so much for believing in Afterwords Books, for your kind words of support and encouragement, and for your monetary contributions that allowed us to get closer to our vision for our community’s bookstore.

Thank you to our team of volunteers who have put in countless hours….helping move boxes and boxes of books, furniture and fixtures, painting (oy, so much painting!), shelving books, washing windows,  donating lamps, and bookshelves.  Your kindness and generosity are inspiring!  (Charles Rexer, Rod Orr, Ryan Johnson, Katie & Kevin Eagan, Rob Nunn, Mike and Cindy Reinhardt, Mary Sue Love, Laura Perkins, Lindsey and Frank Leffler, Mike Nichols, Natalie, Owen, and Caroline Robien, Amanda Mohl, Michelle Mondloh, Kaleigh Lane, Gabbi Lane, Lori and Sean Smith, and Lealia Williams.  Oh, and thank you to our weekend curb appeal team (curse you gumball trees!)…we’ve got a l-o-n-g way to go, but we’re daydreaming a beautiful outside space and garden in the not too distant future.

Finally, a huge thank you to our tireless social media cheerleaders, Sara Colvin, Rachel Clothier, Carol Harrison, Cassandra Kali, Nicole Plegge, Emily Kimmey, Elizabeth Donald, Will Smith, Krish Anders, Bridget McGuire, and Lisa and Kim Ferguson, as well as the before mentioned LONG list of volunteers.

We’ve got a great celebration planned for Saturday and hope you will be able to stop by!  We’ll be sharing cupcakes from Honeydip Cupcakes (while they last!), offering our entire stock of MELISSA & DOUG items at buy two, get one FREE,  and be sure to plan on attending our special story time event beginning at 11am with The Circle Musikgarten Center ,circlelogo1 (1) and join us for a book signing with local authors, Cole Gibsen and L.S. Murphy at 6pm.

Afterwords is also a proud participant of the circle of local merchants who are committed to giving back to our community by partnering with Once Upon a TowntownWe will be donating 10% of our total sales during our grand opening (and on the 14th of every month going forward!) to a chosen charity.  This month’s recipient is the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois! 

Okay, enough chatter…it’s time to get back to work!  We will leave you with a sneak peek of the new Afterwords Books location.  See you Saturday!

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