Bookstore Needs Your Help
Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine has been opened for one year now. For several months, we were going in the right direction. It was gratifying to see our hard work, commitment and long hours adding to our success. But then in May 2016, street closures, due to major construction in the Village, turned the tide for us in a negative way. Customers told us they couldn't get to us due to the mess our street was in. Attendance at our events dropped off considerably due to street closure and lack of parking. For one week we had no sidewalk and potential customers hesitated to walk across the plank to get to our store! Our business plan did not account for this major interuption in business, which is why we are asking for your help...because we need your help! If we don't get some funding , our doors will have to be closed and the community will lose an independent bookstore that is a great place to gather, and where we host many programs, including author discussions, workshops, and the very successful Creative Writers Camp which we hosted this summer for 18 young talented writers.
We, Peggy and Carol, are co-owners who put our homes on the line and invested $100,000 of our own money to secure a loan for startup. We did this because we believe in this venture and not because we expected to get rich. However, we never foresaw something as unexpected as street construction to hinder our progress towards success.
We have many events scheduled in the coming months and need to order books for them, as well as books and other merchandise for the holiday season, while a sizeable monthly loan payment looms over us. We have been very grateful for the warm welcome that we received from Rockville Centre and the surrounding communities. Our customers have been very loyal and supportive and we love being part of the community. Therefore, if you like what we bring to the South Shore of Long Island, won't you please help us keep our doors open? In order to do this, we are trying to raise $75,000 to get us back on our feet. Many of you have asked us not to leave the community...please help us stay by contributing to our fund and spreading the word.
Peggy and Carol
Here’s a link to a follow-up article that came out this week:
Thank you, Sheryl. You are right in all respects! We didn't reach our goal, but still hanging on, amazingly enough. We appreciate your kind words.
I wish you all the best of luck! I had the same thing happen outside my store...they tore up the street for what was supposed to be 2 months and it remained that way for a year and 1/2! It almost put us out of business. For anyone wondering, the cities will NOT reimburse for this. I even consulted an attorney about it and he told me that even if I sued the city and got a judgment I would never be able to collect. Good luck!
Why isn't the city reimbursing you for your losses?