Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Simon;

Yes, it's been a while hasn't it. Sorry about that. The thing is, I expect you're sick of us saying 'Oooh, we're hoping to get the keys soon', and 'It won't be long now'. Frankly, so am I, but since Sunday things seem to have moved forward another inch or two.
As i've been banned from speaking to any solicitor, in case I swear or offer them outside (I wouldn't do this), Tim spoke to solicitor A on Monday, who let us know that signed things had arrived from places and that once two more signed things arrived from other places, contracts could be drawn up to be signed and sent to other places. This is marvellous, don't you agree?
Oh yeah, he also asked us for two grand...

On Tuesday, one of things that Tim and Julie, his wife who doesn't want to be mentioned, had to sign, was due to pick up from solicitor A's office. Tim's smallest(but probably noisiest) child Harry, unfortunately, started feeling unwell on Monday evening, and had to take the day off school on Tuesday. Now Tim wasn't too keen on risking a trip to the solicitors with an explosive child in tow, so I volunteered to face the solicitors alone.
This task completed (I didn't have to come face to face with any solicitor), I headed over to Tim's to drop the papers off. We then spent an hour or two going over logo designs for The Big Green Bookshop. It occured to me last night that we could call ourselves T.B.G.Bs, and try and get some New York punk bands to play at our opening party, but anyway...
We spent today talking terms with our main distributor. It was a tough decision, but we've chosen Bertrams. There were one or two things that made us choose them, and having seen their stock control system in action in another indie (as well as the offer of free computers), it made sense to us. We'll be using them to put together the opening stock, and in the meantime sort out our other distributors.
Anyway, that's all for now. I'm off to the pub now to celebrate our friend Laura's 30th birthday....I remember being 30, i think.

Tomorrow I shall be discussing Watertone's, 19-23 Oxford Street(my old old shop) and the crossrail decision, and also the terrible news about the Pan Bookshop. I shall also write happy things as well so chin up everyone!

7 comments:

Joe Melia said...

CBGBs is inspired !! it will stick

Sabine said...

I remember working in 19-23 Oxford Street over 20 years ago, when it was still 'Claude Gill'and we were told then that the site would have to be demolished for the Crossrail link.

Hope you two are well and things will move more swiftly from now on.

Sabine

Sally said...

I can top that, Sabine. I worked there in the 1970s. Nobody mentioned crossrail then BUT I remember it being said by the management that Claude Gill was poised to take over the book-selling world with stores all over the country. (I then moved to the smaller Claude Gill shop in James Street at the other end of Oxford Street, near Selfridges. Is it still there?)

This was well before the name Tim Waterstone was ever heard, although there was a crazy cheap record store called Virgin across the road run by a hyper-active young man. I wonder what happened to him?

Regina said...

What is this terrible news about The Pan Bookshop?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Macmillan are chucking the bookshop out so they can lease the store to some clothing retailer, most like. Someone should start a petition...

adam said...

Overpriced, organic fruit and veg actually. Which should go down well in SW10.

Anonymous said...

Ironically, Sally, I think the James St Claude Gill became a Waterstones, which was closed down a couple of years ago...