Please Help Keep My Book Store Alive!
I started Jaime Peligro book store in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica nearly eleven years ago. The past four or five years have been difficult and I have gone into debt. I am a single father with custody of my son, Sam, 6 years old now & the best thing to ever happen in my life. I would like to be able to pay my back-taxes here, to avoid the possibility of the shop being closed by the local municipality. I would also like to be able to pay my debt to a Costa Rican book distributor, so I can start stocking travel guides, books about the area, etc., again. I will begin receiving my Social Security in June, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like I have been community-oriented throughout the time I have had the shop. Right now, keeping custody of Sam is my priority.
My social security checks, which begin in June, will pay for Sam & I to live here. Let's keep culture alive in Tamarindo.
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There is so much more to a book store than just books. Anyone who has been in my shop can attest to this. Let's keep this institution, here for more than 12 years, available for the next generation!
Everywhere I travel I look for kids' books. At Jaime Peligro I found so much more, most of all an owner who was helpful in many ways, to tourists and children, residents and neighbors. The postcards by low income teenagers, the assistance with getting mail for people, the good selection of bilingual kids books and local wildlife guides...and the walls covered with postcards and currency from delighted customers from all over the world.
Jaime Peligro is such a great, wonderful business. It really improves the quality of life in Tamarindo. Especially in an area where there's a lack of bookstores (an indoor play spaces for my 2 year old!) How hard is it to find books in english in Tamarindo? Pretty hard. How awesome is it to grab a coffee at cafe tico and then wander over to Jaime Peligro. Pretty awesome, especially if you have a toddler who loves to run into Jim's store and play! This business is so much more than business in Tamarindo, and my family will be very sad if Jim must close. Let's do what we can to keep him going!