Behind the Business: 3 Sisters Books and Gifts


NEWSOME IS SHARING WITH US HIS FIRST STORY IN HIS BEHIND THE BUSINESS SERIES. *PHI*) RANDALL TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT BEHIND THE BUSINESS IS. *RANDAL*) *RANDAL*) A PLACE BUILT TO FEED YOUR BRAIN NEWSOME IS SHARING WITH US HIS FIRST STORY IN HIS BEHIND THE BUSINESS SERIES. *PHI*) RANDALL TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT BEHIND THE BUSINESS IS. *RANDAL*) *RANDAL*) A PLACE BUILT TO FEED YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR BELLY. AND GIVE YOU THAT FAMILY FEEL. IT’S A LITTLE EASIER TO DO THAT WHEN THE OWNERS ARE ACTUALLY A FAMILY. ((/:WE’D ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT DOING SOMETHING TOGETHER.)) MARY KAY, CAROLYN AND BARBARA. 3 SISTERS. TOGETHER THEY TURNED AN IDEA INTO A BOOK STORE, GIFT SHOP AND CAFE RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF DOWNTOWN SHELBYVILLE. ((/:THAT WAS PART OF OUR MISSION TO BE IN THE COMMUNITY)) FOR 17 YEARS THEY’VE CARRIED OUT THAT MISSION. PROMOTING LITERACY FOR ALL AGES. GOOD FOOD AND A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE. WHETHER YOU’RE A REGULAR OR A FIRST TIMER THEY WANT YOU TO FEEL AT HOME. ((/:A COMFORTABLE, WELCOMING PLACE FOR PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY)) ONE CUSTOMER TOLD ME SHE FELT IT INSTANTLY WHEN SHE WALKED IN. ((/DEFINITELY FEEL WELCOME BUT IT’S JUST A CUTE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP WITH SOME GOOD FOOD AND PRESUMABLY EXCELLENT COFFEE. AND OF COURSE IT’S A BOOK SHOP RIGHT NEXT DOOR SO OF COURSE I HAVE TO CHECK THAT OUT. ((/:IT JUST LOOKED LIKE A LITTLE RESTAURANT THAT I WOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE IN…AND I AM.)) THAT RESPONSE IS SOMETHING MARY KAY, THE ONE BEHIND THE IDEA THAT STARTED IT ALL WOULD BE PROUD OF. A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO SHE PASSED AWAY. LEAVING A WHOLE IN THEIR TEAM AND THEIR HEARTS. ((/SHE KEPT US GOING. THERE WERE MOMENTS WHERE WE FELT LIKE MAYBE WE SHOULDN’T KEEP GOING. HER HUSBAND LYNN HAS HELPED THEM CARRY ON, ALONG WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME MUCH MORE THAN CUSTOMERS. ((/:SO MANY GOOD FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE CUSTOMERS AND TURNED INTO BEING OUR FRIENDS)) ((/:RIGHT NOW A CONTINUATON OF WHAT MY WIFE HAD STARTED.)) EVERY PLATE THEY SERVE AND EVERY BOOK THEY SELL. SENDING MARY KAY A MESSAGE ((/:I GUESS I’D HAVE TO SAY THANK YOU. IT’S BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND WE MISS HER A LOT.)) THAT EVEN THOUGH SHE’S GONE HER ENERGY AND HER DREAM LIVES ON. *RANDAL*)

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