On November 24th, Small Business Saturday, I was privileged to conduct my first bookstore book signing at this wonderful store along with McHenry County historian, Sandra Machaj. We called ourselves Mystery and History. It was wonderful to get to know Sandra Machaj with whom I shared a table. People of all ages stopped and talked to us. One customer had found a photo in one of Sandra’s books that looked very much like her husband. She decided to purchase another of Sandra’s books and purchase Perfidy for her daughter.
As I watched owner, Arlene Lynes, and her staff work with their customers, I couldn’t help but have warm feeling of home. Each of these individuals knew customers by name and by their preferences in reading material. Many of the customers I spoke with told me they’d rather come to this store and pay full price than order a book online with a discount. They love this special place.
Woodstock knows how to throw a “party.” Friday, November 23rd, the square was brought to life with Christmas lights and Santa’s house. Saturday, we even had some 19th century carolers come into the store to serenade us. It was a special, fun day for me and the book sales were good as well.
If you have the opportunity to visit Woodstock, please stop at the Read Between the Lynes Bookstore. It’s beautiful, it’s friendly, and if they don’t have the book you are looking for they know where to find it.
Until next time.