A Bookstore for Fort Worth

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Dear Friends:
 
Independent bookstores are a crucial part of a community's cultural, educational, and social character. Fort Worth currently has no independent bookstores selling new books, and with the loss of Barnes & Noble, downtown has no bookstore selling new titles at all; we plan to change that. Books, and the worlds they open up to us, still matter in this digital age, and The Last Word Bookstore will be a "home away from home" for readers in downtown and beyond.

We will focus on and benefit from the traditional strengths of the independent bookstore - personalized and friendly service, staff knowledge of a wide selection of books, and deep ties to the community. And just as a bookstore is a community space, bringing The Last Word to life will take a community effort.

We will be starting from scratch, so to speak: books, bookcases, counters, display tables, cash registers, lighting fixtures, and myriad other things will all have to be purchased in order for us to open the doors this spring. Thus we have set a goal of $100,000.00 to cover the start-up costs and the first few months of operation.

This goal may seem lofty, but we firmly believe that with everyone’s help it is achievable. In return for your contribution, we are offering lifetime discounts on all purchases (whether made at the store or ordered for shipping). Please join with us and be part of the story.

Thanks for your support and for your love of books and bookstores.

 Paul 

 Contributors' Lifetime Discount Rewards
All contributions will be gratefully accepted.  Those $25 and over will receive the following lifetime discounts:

$25 to 99:  5%
$100 to 999:  10%
$1000 to 2,999:  15%
$3,000 to 4,999:  20%
$5,000 and above:  25%
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Words cannot express my gratitude for everyone who gave financially, shared the site with friends, and sent words of encouragement during the campaign. None of this would be possible without each one of you.

Going forward I will post some updates on this site, but until the actual website is up and running most will be done on the store's Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/thelastwordbooks/

As for the lifetime discounts you received for contributing, the cards will be ready as soon as the logo is finished (it's taking longer than expected), but you will not have to keep track of a card in any case. The store's point of sale/inventory system allows for permanent discounts to be entered, so you will only have to give your name when you make a purchase for the discount to be applied.

Thanks again for everything, and keep on reading.

Paul
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Today is the final day of the campaign! Thanks to everyone who has helped bring The Last Word Bookstore to life, both by contributing and sharing the page. It would be a great help if all of you would share the page with your networks just one last time.

After the campaign ends I will be posting a final update on this site, as well as links to the places where you can keep up with the store's progress going forward.

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It's been too long since my last update, but this is a major one. Those of you have supported the campaign or visited this site will notice that the goal has been lowered significantly. There are two very positive reasons for this:

First, in the past month I have been able to devote all of my time to getting The Last Word off the ground. In the process I have found vendors that are able to supply things ranging from bookcases to a point-of-sale/inventory system at a much more reasonable cost than I had found previously. This lowered my start-up cost projection considerably.

Second, and most importantly, after talking to more banks than I ever want to again, I discovered a lender that truly believes in helping start-up businesses move from idea to reality. As a result, the amount that I have to bring to the table in order to get a start-up loan is much less than any other bank wanted.

I sincerely hope that this new goal, and the fact that we are already almost halfway there, will encourage anyone who was deterred by the previous goal to join us. Also, because I never intended for this campaign to go on indefinitely, it will end in 11 days, on the evening of March 15.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this endeavor with everything from financial contributions to encouraging words to sound advice. Please share the page with your friends one last time as we close things out strong.

The Last Word is closer than ever to becoming a real place, a place where you can buy books, meet authors, and basically plug into a like-minded community. It's going to be one heck of a ride.

Paul

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I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has given since the last update, as well as those who have donated books over the past week. I had originally planned an extremely small used section, perhaps only one case, but the number of people who have asked if we will carry used books as well as new has made me rethink this some.

I had also planned to reveal the store's logo around this time, but the artist who is creating it is still working on it. Once it is completed, you will be the first to know, and it will also become my first-ever tattoo (yes, I'm that committed...or maybe I should be committed; it's a fine line).

More to follow...keep on reading.
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