I used to rock a job in a local, independent bookshop. (It has an amazing little café attached, too. Naturally.) I loved that job. I would have been there forever if not for a mortgage, too many bills and a sorry excuse for a bank account. (Hindsight though? Hindsight is 20-20. Some things are more important than others. Thankfully, there are other reasons, not just bank account, health benefits and a pension, for my having gotten out of that gig.)
That job taught me a very important lesson: independent stores are really important to me and I want to be involved in one again in my lifetime.
Mostly it’s the ability to do your own thing and not be held accountable by The Man. There are also The Regulars. People who frequently attend indie bookshops and cafés are a special kind of
Ultimately? It’s the quirkiness. The quirkiness pushes all of the right buttons in me. Where else can you do things like this:
(Image found on Facebook)
(Image @ Joke Overflow)
(Image @ Retail Hell Underground)
(Image @ egotvonline)
(Image @ The Things We Say)
Okay let’s face it, this entire collection needs to be included: 16 Funny Restaurant, Coffee Shop and Bar Signs
While it’s true that I have seen some pretty clever signs at Starbucks and DavidsTea, there’s something much, much more special about an indie shop.
Do YOU have a favourite indie shop? Books, coffee, pub, bar, knick-knacks? What is it? Where is it? What makes it so special?!