I had hoped that the year 2020 would be a great one for the Bookstore and Cafe. We had finally saved enough to finish the building work and get the car park resurfaced, I'd booked events and shows for every weekend from Easter through to October and I really felt like we were heading towards being the creative hub I had dreamed of one day becoming.
It didn't happen.
You all know that story, so I won't bore you with the details. Instead, I thought that my first ever blog should be a positive one, full of hope and of 'bouncing back'.
Since re-opening our doors in April things have slowly started to get back to some sort of normality and, if it weren't for the masks and the occasional 'don't stand too close to me' looks, one could almost think last year had never happened. Getting to see all my colleagues again on a daily basis is fabulous; being around so many creative, hardworking, kind and hilarious people every day is something I've really missed and I'm so happy to be back with them - they really are an amazing bunch to work with. Our fantastic and incredibly loyal customers are back with a vengeance, creating the wonderful atmosphere we know and love up here; there's such a warm and relaxing ambience about the place again. We've also had new visitors, people who have seen us on social media and taken a special trip out to find us, which makes me feel really positive about the future of the business.
Things are looking up in so many ways here at the Bookstore and I feel that I can definitely, although rather tentatively, start planning for the future again. This year will be all about 'bouncing back', getting back to the place we were pre-pandemic, concentrating on the things we do well and trying to improve them where we can. We have three theatre performances booked over the three weekends of the Buxton Fringe, which I'm super excited about and will be the very first time our little 'stage' area will be utilised, plus a few one-off events I'm planning for late summer, but other than that we will be focussing on improving the cafe and the bookstore in small but significant ways. By the end of the year I'm hoping to have a program for 2022, to include comedy, music, literary events and much more, working towards making High Peak Bookstore and Cafe the creative hub I know it can be.
Thank you so much for sticking with us and for reading my first ever blog. Hope to see you soon,
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