We've come a bit further with our bookstore. My husband has built one of our middle aisle shelves and it looks good. We've also installed a new counter to replace the old desk we had there before. Looks much better. There is more work to do but we're getting there for sure.
Our bookstore is located in a small but quaint shopping village. Right next door to us we have an art boutique where classes in oil painting are given almost nightly. On the other side there is a women's clothing boutique. On nice days the owner puts a mannequin outside dressed in very nice clothing. One evening after closing my husband was working late in the store. Our neighbour upstairs came by for a visit and my husband did not lock the door after he came into the store. As they were chatting, another man popped his head in the door and had obviously just come from the local bar because it took him a few seconds get his bearings before he asked them if they had seen 'it'. They looked confusedly at the man and he excitedly pointed outside. They all trooped out to see the clothed mannequin standing forlornly in its spot, the store closed and employee gone home. The three men then took it upon themselves to transport said mannequin into our bookshop where it could be seen through the window seemingly looking at our books. The only thing I regret is not having a picture of the men as they struggled to get it into the store, with its clothes and limbs intact.