Moving Firefly 2.0: Handicap Access

$2,642 of $10k goal

Raised by 49 people in 3 months
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Rebecca Laincz  KUTZTOWN, PA
After 4 years in our current location in downtown Kutztown PA, we had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a fantastic building, just down the block that will give us 3X the room! It will be over 3000 square feet for more books, more events and more resources for the community. We have some amazing stuff planned!

So we're moving in March, 2017. Putting together an collection of over 50,000 books and games is no small thing. Actually moving an entire bookstore we would describe as a Herculean task. We've put everything we have into making this happen. The renovations are going well, and we're on target. But we could still use your help!

So far we've raised $1,500 toward moving. So now we want to focus on the next project: Accessibility for our handicapped customers.


Currently at the new shop there are steps at both the front and rear entrances to the store. There's space to build a ramp at the back, and/or possibly a lift at the front. To do either of those options will require more than just basic renovations; they will be an engineering project.

Even a simple ramp at the back door will require changes to the doorway, significant improvements to the walkway from the rear parking lot, including drainage, and a properly constructed landing and ramp inside to conform to ADA and local building code standards.

(proposed rear entry ramp)

It's a BIG project and one that we feel is critical to meet the needs of our customers. But it's going to be expensive. There are some grants and tax-saving opportunities, but the bulk of the costs will be carried by us. We want  to make it possible for EVERYONE to come into our store. So anything that we've raised above our moving expenses will be used for that purpose.

"But can't you just build a simple ramp?"
As we have come to discover, we need a bit more than just a ramp to build access that is A. Safe for all our customers to use and also B. Compliant with the many local, state and federal guidelines and laws regarding building modifications and ADA access.

We're already adding an ADA-compliant bathroom to the renovation costs, so building accessibility into our store is something that we are determined to do. We're hoping that crowd-funding will help us make the entry access happen sooner.


Where's the new place going to be?
Firefly Bookstore 2.0 will be at 271 West Main Street, Kutztown. We already own the building, and we are currently working on the renovations. While we have carefully budgeted ourselves to complete the storefront so it can become our new home, we had hoped that we could count on the community to help us with the last 100 feet of our journey. Firefly intends to be open regular hours at their current location until the larger space is ready to be occupied. We have some changes and furnishings to set up and some great new features to put in place before we can move. The partners anticipate that they will be able to have the renovations completed by March, 2017. We want the business’ downtime to be as short as possible.

So who are we?

Firefly Bookstore was opened in 2012 by two experienced and enthusiastic book aficionados, Rebecca and Matthew. Firefly Bookstore strives to offer a quality book shopping experience for readers of all ages. We have many areas that include both used and new items. We carry books, gifts, games, puzzles, buttons, magnets, art, toys, cards, and each year a large selection of calendars. Firefly Bookstore has strong offerings in children's books, fiction, cooking and history, along with books on virtually every subject. We also feature local authors, both traditionally-published and self-published.

(Video is from 2014, some information has changed)

From the beginning , the partners had a clear vision for the store, and they knew how they wanted to integrate with the community. The Kutztown residents and students in turn have been welcoming and enthusiastic about our store from the very beginning. Now we have the chance to take it to the next level, to offer even more to the region.

Our goal was to build a resource that would touch all members of this college town, from young families to older couples, to professionals and teachers, and to students and 20-somethings. A store for everyone, but in particular a store for people who are enthusiastic (dare we say even a bit geeky) about things. Games, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, history, cooking, cars, trains, planes, gardening, self-sufficiency and more. 

It's a home for Doctor Who, and Sherlock and Alice. It's a home for Grant and Lee, Einstein and DeGrasse-Tyson, King and Lovecraft, Matisse and Warhol, Nora Roberts and Jojo Moyes. It's meant to be a home for everyone, really. And boy, has that home gotten PACKED!


Being a great bookstore......is more than just being a great business. It's also about how we are able to affect the lives around us. Maybe it's just light entertainment, a bit of escapism. Or maybe it's a memory you carry for the rest of your life.  Or perhaps on our shelves you find just the tool needed at the right time. Bookstores can be all that and more. If we can build the right kind of space, a safe welcoming place for everyone, then that will be an accomplishment all of its own. Your support can make it happen.

Thank you.

Website:  www.fireflybookstore.com 
We also sell on: Biblio
Social Media: Facebook , Riffle , Tumblr
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Update 7
Posted by Rebecca Laincz
29 days ago
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Hello contributors!

So this weekend was our long-delayed "soft" opening. The store was nicely busy and lots of good comments and overall favorable impressions of the store in it's current state.

That is to say that there is still a lot of work to be done. It's like any house after a big move; stuff everywhere, can't find the stapler because you can't remember what box you put it into, and you're still trying to set up the stereo system the way you had it at the old place.

We have gotten our bags in, the Fancy Bookmark is in mid-process, and the other rewards are either here or on the way. We have a "to-do" list to finish before we can set a date for the Gala, but we promise to give everyone plenty of advance notice. We know it won't be earlier than the beginning of April.

We hope, by that time, to be able to report progress on the accessibility project (the ramp). The handicap-accessible bathroom is finished.

We hope you have a chance to stop in the store, even if we still have piles on the floor. Give us a couple weeks, we'll have it whipped into shape.

Thanks again for all your encouragement and support,

- Rebecca and Matt
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Update 6
Posted by Rebecca Laincz
1 month ago
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We are still getting moved in to the new location, but delayed due to the recent snowstorm.

We are hoping to be open the week of the 20th still. But the effort to move from one location to another has forced us to shift a few things around.

We will still be holding the evening "Grand Re-Opening Gala" for our supporters and contributors, but pushing it back to beginning of April. By then we hope to have all the major projects done in the store and most of the minor ones. We will be contacting all invitees via email or post when we have a date set.

Then we can tackle the accessibility issue. The spring weather will help getting the outside issues dealt with easier, and we can get a designer or engineer to create plans for the ramp we can submit to the permits office.

All in all, the move has gone pretty smooth, in part with the help of your support. But there are so many moving parts and only so many hours in a day. But we'll get it done and we think you will be happy with the results.

Thank you again for all your support,

Rebecca and Matthew
Co-Owners Firefly Bookstore
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Update 5
Posted by Rebecca Laincz
2 months ago
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Thank you so much for all who have contributed. So now we're changing the focus of what we're raising money for.

We're still determined to give our handicap customers easy access to our store. So we're trying to crowd fund the needed resources to make that happen.

Check out the main donation page for more information.

In the meantime, here's video of the insides stripped down!
Down to the studs! Feburary 1st 2017
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Update 4
Posted by Rebecca Laincz
2 months ago
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We have a new reward level! Local Author and photographer Kathy Miller will sign and personalize a copy of her book "Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden"!

This is a wonderful tale to share in the Spring and makes an excellent gift. There are only 10 of these available and they do include all of the lower level rewards.

"Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden" is a delightful glimpse into the real lives of baby chipmunks featuring more than 80 beautiful photographs and an educational, fun narrative. The second book in this multi-award winning series, continues the adventures of Chippy!
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Raised by 49 people in 3 months
Created January 18, 2017
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Love your bookstore!

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