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Save Kelly's Books!

$7,590 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 93 people in 5 months
Help save your community's independent bookstore! 

Kelly's Books, previously Crossroads, first opened in 1994, and came under my management in 2011. As many of you know, I was evicted from Crossroads Plaza, along with 8 other businesses to make way for Kaiser Permanante. With only 30 days notice, it was a huge and unexpected blow. 

This happened in tandem with my husband facing massive health concerns and Kelly's Books closed for 7 months. Fortunately, I was able to take out a SBA loan and reopen Watsonville's only bookstore in our new location.

Kelly's Books has been able to keep a foothold throughout the ups and downs until now. The holiday sales for 2018 were significantly lower than usual. With invoices from major suppliers coming due and the high rent, I am in need of your help.  Please consider donating a small amount so Watsonville won't lose our treasured bookstore. 


Competition is steep in the Amazon jungle but Kelly's Books is much more than just the products we sell. We are a unique space in the community, a place where browsing, chatting, and intellectual expansion are encouraged.  Kelly's Books showcases local art, authors, and organizations. Readings by local authors are popular events and often attract a warm crowd. Next month an animal rescue group will be throwing an adoption event at the shop and our space maintains an important role in Watsonville. 

Lets dig our heels in and support Watsonville's loved book shop. A heartfelt thank you to all of my customers who continue to support the store. The doors are open because of you!

Check out the Register Pajaronian's write up! 

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Kelly here. I have reached my goal thanks to the generous support of friends, family and the community. I am humbled and rejuvenated by your support and kind words. I honestly didn't expect the generous response from the community. Things are back on track and I'm determined to be around for a long time!
A couple of people said they didn't get my online thank you through the site. That is really disturbing. I thanked everyone. The article in the Pajaronian was especially helpful.
Kelly's Books obviously can't compete with the giant but we can offer excellent customer service, human interaction, suggestions, laughter and stories. We can also help you choose a book. Sometimes it's fun to
leave the decisions up to someone else.
The other day a woman brought her mom in to look at the Spanish language books. I pulled up a chair for her and she spent about 45 minutes looking at everything. After she chose one and was leaving her daughter turned and told me her mom is 100 years old. I'm glad I could help her find a good book! The kids are also a joy. Nothing like an enthusiastic young reader.

There are so many reasons I re-opened the store and I'm so glad I did. It's spring and time to hang out in the yard with a good book. Let me help you with that. I have one more small request....please tell your friends about the store. Thank you again for everything!
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Our local paper, The Register Pajaronian did a nice article about the store.
Again, I thank all of the generous donors and customers who have come in and stocked up. I'm humbled by the generosity of this community. This hiccup will go away soon and I will be a fixture in this community for a very long time. Kelly
https://register-pajaronian.com/article/hoping-to-avoid-final-chapter-kellys-books-looks-for-help?fbclid=IwAR33wxRJ-2jd7dqe-KqyfsKvtTOAykkUot0YEUjvhxRrrXbdJzWxAuqO2Bk
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We made the half way mark because of you. The generous supporters of Kelly's Books! I'm paying the suppliers and making them happy. I'm very grateful to everyone on the site and who visits the store. Thank you! Kelly
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A heartfelt thank you to all of the donors who supported Kelly's Books. We're getting to the goal and I was able to pay a couple of suppliers. I'm humbled and appreciative.
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