A New Page Turns
in the Paulina Springs Books history
The following is copy from a letter that went out last week to about 6500 of our Central Oregon patrons announcing that the Paulina Springs Books store in Redmond is for sale. It pretty much says it all. If you, or someone you know, is interested in the possibility of owning this valuable community asset, please email us and we can send you an information packet that will provide you with the necessary information to begin a cursory exploration of the opportunity this presents. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Paulina Springs Books patrons,
In June 2003 I purchased Paulina Springs from Dick Sandvik and Diane Campbell. The strong community association they developed was what I found most interesting in the business. The connections went deep in Sisters, but also extended to Bend, Redmond and beyond. Having spent 25 years managing a community owned store gave me tremendous appreciation for kinship between enterprise and community.
Together with my sister, Cynthia, I opened Paulina Springs in Redmond in 2007. This became an inopportune time with the subsequent economic downturn and explosion of digitial readership. We stayed afloat, remaining a successful business in Sisters and becoming an integral part of downtown Redmond. Our success is entirely due to your loyalty as patrons. We are grateful to each of you for supporting us.
Another page in the story arrived with changes to my health necessitating I scale back my activities. Since discovering my health condition, I've managed to work less, but not enough. Consequently, Cynthia & I have decided to pass on the reins and sell Paulina Springs Books in Redmond.
It is our intention to find someone with the passion and cababilities to continue nurturing and growing this important community asset. Bookstores are central to a community's ability to maintain a sense of identity and connection-- much like libraries are an essential public service any community deserves. Cynthia and I feel strongly Redmond deserves its own bookstore and we intend to work hard finding someone who will build upon the humble beginnings we began here.
Our Redmond store presents an exciting opprotunity for anyone interested in owning their own business. The store has great potential to engage a larger precentage of the Redmond population. Ourdowntown core is becoming a vibrant and active component of the Redmond community. As it continues to develop, it will continue attracting more Redmond residents and new business. Our extensive product line (books, games, toys, etc) psotions the store well for new owners to stay on track of building success and remaining a signature element of the downtown vitality.
Were I healthier, I would view the Redmond bookstore with enthusiasm. There are many untapped opprotunities here we have yet to pursue. Given enthusiasm and energy, new owners could double the business we've built.
People tend to think it requires an avid reader to become a bookstore owner. Not so. The most important elements are a commitment to community and basic business smarts. You can always hire readers!
Our Redmond store is essentialy a turn-key operation. New owners will obtain a business with quality fixtures, a robust level of technology, and a strong selection of inventory. As operatorsthey will be able to focus on marketing, merchandising, outreach to the community and getting to know the clientele. They will have ample avenues to put their own mark on the business and create a successful venture.
Please know our first objective is to find someone who will protect this community asset. If you know of someone you think could fill those shoes, don't hesitate to send them our way.
Thanks for all your support,
Brad & Cynthia