Submitted by Christie Olson Day, Owner
History: Late Tuesday evening on Jan 8, 2008, there was a severe fire in the apartment above Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino. The fire not only seriously burned the tenant, but also melted his bathroom. Between the melted water pipes and the firefighters’ efforts to save the historic Jarvis-Nichols building, the bookstore below was thoroughly flooded.
Community support has been overwhelming in the wake of the January 8th fire upstairs, and Gallery Bookshop is doing well. There’s always a silver lining, and for us it’s been the remarkable outpouring of concern and offers of help. It reminds me again that this is why we live and work here — even more than the natural beauty, it’s the community that makes Mendocino County magic. I’ll never be able to say it enough: Thanks. The news you’re waiting for, though, is this: beginning Thursday January 17th, all stock on hand will be 25% off! If you’ve been by for a visit you know that there are still thousands and thousands of books in good reading condition, and we need to move them out and make room for the fresh ones. This inventory close-out won’t continue for long, so don’t wait. We’re planning to remain open during the restoration, which will be a complex process involving major reconstruction upstairs and a complete overhaul of our space. The work will be done in sections, so we’ll be here throughout, growing and shrinking our displays to accommodate the projects. Gallery Bookshop and Bookwinkle’s Children’s Books, Main & Kasten Streets, Mendocino, 707-937-2665
There are photos of the fire here: http://www.nwilsonphoto.com/special/fire/index.htm