"Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love."
The past few weeks have been filled with grief for all of us at Island Books after the loss of Marni Gittinger. We not only lost a member of our book store family, we lost a dear friend. To say that Marni was a bright spot in many of our days is an understatement.
Mondays were my favorite day to see her bounding in the front door, with her Big Gulp and large handbag, checking the clip for specials, then walking and talking her way to the back room.
Marni was my biggest cheerleader. She wanted me to succeed as the owner of Island Books, she wanted us to be bigger and better than we have ever been. As many of the items purchased at the the gift show arrived this past week, I longed to show them to her. She would have loved the Unicorn Snot and I already missed the way she oohed and ahhed over the new arrivals.
Thanks to the many bookstore friends who have shared flowers, food, cards and warm hugs with all of us during a difficult time. We are grateful.
Speaking of community, this week is the annual Mercer Island Youth and Family Services breakfast. MIYFS is a public/private partnership of the City and the sole full service provider for social and human services on Mercer Island. On February 7th and February 8th, we will be open from 9:00am to 7:00pm and 10% of sales will benefit this stellar local organization.
Valentine's Day is coming up also and to celebrate we will be offering Valentine pictures in the store this Friday, February 9th with Lisi Wolf Photography. Come by from 10am-2pm or 3pm-5pm and get a great deal on photos in a special setting. You can stock up on gifts, cards, and chocolate for your sweetheart at the same time.
Customers like you are the heart of our business, and this Valentine's day, we love and appreciate you more than ever.