Having achieved my objective in opening a bookstore in Kirkland, it is time now for me to retire and for Chris to carry Booktree into the future.
I want to thank you all for the wonderful almost 30 years at Parkplace Books and Booktree, for your support in tough times, like when Parkplace Books was flooded. The way the community came together to keep the bookstore open was heartwarming and that same sentiment helped Booktree open and remain viable.
It has been a joy to present so many authors local, national and international over the years. We are so fortunate here in the Northwest that we have such a vibrant book scene. I remember well the release of the Harry Potter books and the wonderful late night parties. A once-in-a-lifetime experience for so many children (and their parents).
It is events like this that create opportunities for people to come together and foster a sense of community. I am so fortunate to have been part of that. I have also truly enjoyed the many conversations we've had, so many of you became friends, not just customers. To share in your joys and sorrows and to find just the right book for each occasion. Books are so much more than just escapism.
It is with sadness that I leave Booktree but also with excitement in this next phase. I look forward to spending more time with Charlotte my new granddaughter and Cole my 6 year old California grandson. I also have a personal library to read, maybe I'll read all of them in this lifetime!
My best wishes and gratitude go to Chris and to his future partner for the continued success of Booktree and it's vital importance to the heart of Kirkland.
I will miss being part of your lives, you have certainly enriched mine.
With gratitude and heartfelt thanks,