Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It is a dream I have...

Books and food - a winning combination.
Every now and again there comes a perfect gem of an opportunity. This opening of chance grabs you out of the audience like Monty Hall and offers with an extended hand. You stand there and ponder. Sometimes you are in the correct position and are willing give whatever you can to take it. Other times you must simply be content with the pleasant dreams. The hope girding you that one day will come the day that you can grab it with both hands.

A bookstore is for sale in Britain - very cool in itself. Wait, it gets better. The Loch Croispol Bookshop is a bit off the beaten path. So no, it is not in London. Not in Manchester either. Edinburgh? Aberdeen? Inverness? Try a little further north. Try Durness, Scotland. It is probably an easier commute to Norway than London. Yes, Vikings probably landed nearby. This place is for sale.

Now sadly it is not in the cards at the moment for me pounce on said opportunity. Oh, how I would love to run a bookstore in the northern sticks of Britain. To get lost in the bountiful myth and history of the landscape, to enjoy the peace and quiet of the night air of the loch, to be away from the indelicacies of urban living - they all call to me. I would love to run that place though I fear I would be more the kid in the candy store.

Though she be but little, she is fierce! This bookstore run by partners Kevin Crowe and Simon Long is a success story. This endeavor of 14 years took a pottery shop in the middle of nowhere and made it into bookstore / restaurant / art shop. In its peak season it was a tourist destination for the heartier bibliophiles. All year round they ran a tidy business over the internet. Crowe and Long also went the extra mile and researched books for customers. They made it work.

Now they want to retire and hand the reins over to a new owner. From the BBC newsclip I watched it certainly was a labor of love. Their dedication made the place a success. As you are all well aware running a bookstore is not the easiest thing in these modern days. They proved that anything is possible. I hope that they find a buyer who will continue the dream and make it their own.

I tried to access the Loch Croispol Bookshop's website to dig a little deeper, but unfortunately the server was non-responsive.

So if you have at least £120,000 in Scots Legal Form burning a hole in your pocket and a real love for books then maybe this offer is just for you.

Here is the PDF file of the actual sale Loch Croispol from Ewan, Harris & Company. Great photos and some interesting reading.
Here is a link to the BBC article. For sale: Britain's most remote bookshop
Here is the actual link to the Loch Croispol Bookshop. It didn't work when I tried, but maybe you are just a little bit luckier.

Just imagine those rolling fields and mountains... beautiful!

1 comment:

  1. I wish you could. It would be wonderful.