So this weekend? I officially signed a lease for Nowhere Bookshop (and bar).
Technically I couldn’t do this without you so I think that means that you just signed a lease on a bookstore too so I am mentally high-fiving you on our ability to take risks while also begging you to tell me that it’s all going to be okay because JESUSCHRISTWEBOUGHTABOOKSHOP.
Sorry. Okay. Here are the details. The good news is that it’s in Alamo Heights, which is a cool part of San Antonio and it’s really big so that means we’ll have plenty of room for signings and author events and community meetings and book clubs and drag queen story hour and Beyonce. The bad news is that it needs a shit-ton of work. Like, new floors, and some walls have to come down and others up and we have to add a wheelchair ramp and some accessible bathrooms and a bar and it needs paint and furniture and a liquor license. And books, I guess. And customers.
I am totally overwhelmed but I have great people to help me (more on that soon) and it feels like people really care so fingers crossed I didn’t just make a terrible mistake. There were stories in the newspaper and the San Antonio Current and William Shatner sang to me, so it’s been a strange couple of days.
I suspect it’ll take until the end of the year before we open. I have ideas for fun things we can do before that but I need to plan a bit more on the details. I will totally be asking for help though so if you live close maybe a small horde of you can show up and we can all paint it together when it’s closer to being done. I want to do a mural outside but I haven’t really found an artist that matches the weird/dark esthetic I want so if all else fails I’ll draw something and project it on the walls and then we’ll just have a giant, community paint-by-number party until we get arrested for vandalism and public intoxication. If you’re good at painting tentacles please see me because there’s gonna be tentacles. And maybe ravens and cat heads. I’m still thinking.
And there will be lots of ways to be a part of the bookstore even if you don’t live anywhere near Texas. You are part of this family whether you like it or not. (But I hope you like it.)
PS. I want to have food because you need food if you’re drinking but I don’t want cooked food so what do you usually crave when you’re reading a great book and drinking a glass of wine? Cookies? Scones? Pie? Popcorn? Those long licorice ropes that you can use as an edible straw?
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God I wish I lived in San Antonio lol let us non-texans know if there’s anything we can do!
I can’t wait. This will be amazing. I’ve already started to talk to others on Twitter on making sure we do a trip!
You should serve peanuts like an old-timey bar, where everyone throws the shells on the floor. Except a lot of people are allergic to peanuts, so maybe pistachios instead? Do people have pistachio allergies? Anyway, this is very exciting, and congratulations, and I have my first book coming out next year so this probably isn’t the last bad idea you’ll hear from me.
I wanna come help! My husband is super handy, my mother in law is an artist, and I’m an odd duck but I paint old furniture in weird whimsical ways. Also, bakery!! YAAAAY NOWHERE BOOKSHOP!
God I wish I lived in San Antonio lol let us non-texans know if there’s anything we can do!
Hooray! I just wish I lived nearby to help you!
So excited for you and us! Might have to plan a trip down so I can help paint…and drink!!
So awesome! Also so, so proud of you! You got this!
This is so amazing to hear! I am planning a trip next spring just to see Nowhere…also, please have scones and pie and cookies!
You had me at wine through a licorice straw… Seriously so excited for this & can’t wait to plan my TX trip when it’s ready!!
Breath, breath, breath and have a couple of Mudslides, that makes things so much clearer. Although I suspect you might already have since you mentioned drag queen story hour! I’d drive to San Antonio just to be there for that, you betcha ya!
And, WTF, Will Shatner has given you his blessing that is beyond cool Jenny!! Capt. Kirk gave you his blessing!!! Super excited for you!
Congratulations! I’m so excited for you.
Congratulations! I’ve never been to Texas, so this will be my #1 reason to make the trek!
I like having Ritz crackers with cheddar cheese and chocolate milk.
I am so getting my butt down to Texas at some point to help, shop, paint, do SOMETHING. But while at a distance you bet your bippy I will be cheerleading, promoting the shop, and encouraging you from afar. Because this is gonna be UH-MAZING.
Wow! I am so in awe of you. I would come help in a heartbeat but I live ‘across the pond’ 🙁 Any other way I can help, I’ll be glad to, even if it’s a financial contribution, honest 🙂 And remember… Breathe… Go you!!!
I like those spicy peanut / crunchy little cracker mixes. Oh, and the Asian trail mixes with wasabi peas. And of course you have to have a nice cold drink to wash it all down and start over again.
Congratulations, I can’t wait to road trip from Austin to see it.
You had me at tentacles and scones. Scones are lovely because there are sweet, savory, and gluten free varieties. Excited for you! Good luck.
Is there a nearby local independent coffee shop or bakery who can provide a daily selection of baked goods, or maybe even sandwiches to order if they’re really close?
Omigod I read testicles instead of tentacles.
Cheese crackers and cold meat/relish/jam/cheese plates. Wishing you all the luck in the world. I’m a northerner through and through, and once drove through Amarillo, accidentally, but now I guess I have no excuse for not visiting San Antonio. The Alamo and you.
So excited. I’m down for painting tentacles!
Remember when you go that super cool Kraken Rum umbrella with the tentacles? Kraken definitely needs to sponsor this bookstore and bar. All of this is so awesome Jenny, congratulations and I can’t WAIT to schedule a trip to San Antonio to buy books! Also, licorice rope wine straws are now on my list to try this weekend…
Definitely popcorn! Especially in fun flavors.
Also I don’t drink wine, I drink vodka so… just saying maybe popcorn is a vodka snack. Also, salty cheez-its or goldfish. I just want vodka and salt.
Sounds wonderful! How about cheese and fruit and pita bread with the wine?
Salty snacks are key for drinking and book reading. So excited for you! If you post your paint party details early enough I will absolutely take a trip from Seattle
Squealing with delight here in Rhode Island over this news. Congrats to you and to all of us for encouraging you. It’s going to freakin fabulous!!
Ah, I am so excited for this! I live in the neighborhood just north of Alamo Heights and I cannot wait to be able to come to the bookstore.
YAY!!! You got this! And be sure to have cheese straws.
I’m so very happy and excited for you!! I love to snack on many things when reading. Popcorn was the first thing to pop into my head, hehe pun not intended. A good charcuterie plate would be amazing, fruit, chips, any kind of pastry or yummy bread. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
I’m 10 minutes away!!! USE ME!!!
Congratulations!! To all of us!
Thank you for the inclusivity
Thank you for your bravery
It will be much better than ok
It will be fabulous
As much as I like popcorn, I don’t like greasy marks on books. That would be a no for me. Chex Mix though…
I love Alamo Heights! If I weren’t living in the UK now I’d be all in for a paint by numbers party. I’m going to have to swing by SA on my next trip home- I’m so excited for you!!!
You choose an absolutely great time to do this, astrologically speaking! I’m very excited for you. Just envision it as though it has already happened and is enormous fun and success. FEEL it. This is how the universe works (attraction) and anything that screws up will probably turn out to be advantageous in the end. I mean, this is YOU–something weird is bound to happen, so embrace it!
Oh my fuck balls! I just can’t I am so excited. I absolutely love nowhere near Texas but my fat ass will be getting on a plane and coming to your bookstore/bar! I am more excited than hooker in Vegas!
Congrats!!! I have always wanted a bookstore. This will be a great success Popcorn for sure. And hot chocolate in the winter when you cuddle up in a chair to read in a nook in the store.
This almost makes me want to live in Texas again! Do it all! Ravens carrying tentacled cat heads!
You must have cookies!
This Dallas girl will point the nose of her truck south on 35 ANYTIME for a painting party.
…as for food – charcuterie boards..toast and jam…cheeses…or (if there is an outcry for cooked food) partnering with local food trucks.
Yeah. I’m all about the food.
I wish I lived there! I would live in the bookstore nearly every day!
I’m from SA but live in Dallas and I WILL come if you need help!! And as for food, sweets like cupcakes, cookies and savory items like sliders and bbq. Let’s do it!!
CONGRATULATIONS! I like things like cheese & crackers, hummus, pita bread, olives & smoked salmon…..no cooking, just sipping and reading.
Guac, queso, good chips. And I’m so proud of you!
I live in SA and I would love to help!
Whoa…The ShatMan sang to you!
Also, when I’m drunk is the only time I eat Taco Bell, but that’s just me.
That’s great! It will be wonderful.
Hit up tattoo artists… they are your kind of artists.
Pie. Definitely pie.
Please consider a gluten free snack or two for the bar area. It’s kind of exhausting existing in public with celiac disease. Chicago style popcorn would be my jam! Or, you know, fruit. I will never say no to a banana.
What about fruit and cheese plates?
It could also be pronounced NOW HERE. so you are about to have a really cool bookstore and when it opens you can say, NOW HERE! as in “COME BUY BOOKS AND HAVE A DRINK NOW, HERE”
oh, this sounds so fun! As I am out-of-Texas I think I will need to wait until you’re open, but I’m coming to visit. As for food, everything you said sounds tasty but for more ideas I snooped at a local wine bar menu, and they have cheese, charcuterie, chips & dips, hummus & pita bites, olives; things like that. So a refrigerator is needed for those but no cooking (the prior owners did paninis which seem to be gone). Other bookstores that have cafes seem to also have pre-made sandwiches. And this all would work with beer and other beverages too. But baked goods and bookstores seem to go hand-in-hand.
Can never go wrong with sandwiches.
Wheels of cheese and croissants go great with wine! Congratulations, Jenny!
Have you considered partnering with food truck for events you might have or random evenings? That way, y’all aren’t cooking the food, but people will stay and read and drink.
Fruit and cheeses and dried meats. Dried meats served up next to the taxidermy animals. LOL
I’m excited on your behalf! Deep breaths! But not the hyper-ventilatey kind.
When you say ‘mural’ and ‘tentacle’ I instantly think Shoptroll! Though, the Troll does the carpentry design and has a relationship with a few different painters. Bet he could tell you who paints the things he builds when he’s in Kerrville, though. https://www.facebook.com/Fantastical-Furnishings-by-Shoptroll-1936523646620849/
I hope TxDOT is listening so they can fix #^#(&$^ I-35 so people can freaking get there.
please hire me! I live in the area and can’t wait !
Do you have your logo as a magnetic bumper sticker yet? If so, I totally need one. If not, you totally need make them so I can buy one.
P.S. I like magnetic so I could move it to my new car when I get one.
Cookies for sure! And non-chocolate candy.
I know you’re probably looking for someone local but there’s a muralist in Florida who specializes in weird and dark. Thought I’d pass along her website in case it gives you some inspiration 🙂
Man I wish I lived in Texas (there’s a thing this New Yorker never thought she’d say!). This sounds amazing, Jenny, I’m so excited for you!
So excited! Please let us know when it’s open!!
So, I haven’t been on a plane since 1997. When you open, I am coming – which means a plane trip (oh dear god!).I will do what I can for you all from here in NorCal until then!
A suggestion about the mural idea? See if any of the local high school or college art classes have students who might be willing to do this. There are always really talented young artists out there, who I’d bet would be willing to do this to see their names 12 ft. high (or whatever)! It would also encourage them to patronize it, too! This now goes on my bucket list for next summer- can’t wait to see your store!
Big fat pretzels! I’m so excited. I’m way down in Houston but hope to visit once you’re open.
YAY! Oh, supercongratulations! I am so freaking excited!!! I’ll see if I can make a pilgrimage to come help. (If I didn’t have responsibilities, I’d already be there- so help me; thanks, Alzheimer’s Disease, for rendering my mother a basket case…but I digress…)
Real, just yay, yay, yay, yay, yay! You so totally ROCK!
Cookies AND scones!
Cats…you need cats! http://www.eatpurrlovecatcafe.com This is in Columbus. I would like to go , but I know I would be unable to leave the cats behind and I already have 3..the husband would not like it if I adopted more!
Congratulations, Jenny!! I’m so happy for you and I know your bookshop will be awesome – just like you!
maybe a deli style cold sandwich selection? Also seconding the charcuterie boards. And chips. Because I love chips.
Omfg I’m sooooo happy. First I’ll try to be there to help you paint. I live in Cali, am broke and have social anxiety but god help me I’m coming. Love ya bunches funny lady
So exciting! Congratulations!
You probably want a local artist for the mural, but Andy Von Schyndle at wagalabagala.com has a wonderfully weird/dark aesthetic that might be perfect for prints to put up in Nowhere Bookstore. My favorite is no longer on the site, so here’s my second favorite http://wagalabagala.com/wagalabagala_019.htm. I discovered him at Art City Austin in 2013 and wish I had snagged more than two prints!
This is so exciting! I am in San Antonio so I will definitely help with whatever! Just say the word!
Oh, and pie. Always pie. And hot tea and scones. Not necessarily at the same time, but not-not necessarily either.
Breathe Breathe Breathe….and have a mojito! This is exciting and completely inspiring. I am filling out the loan application today for our new (first and hopefully last)home. If you can do it so can I! But a trip to Texas is also in the future because-Bookstore! Congrats and Kisses!
You don’t know how much I’m wishing and hoping that you’ll be up and running by the time I come to visit San Antonio (for the first time evar!) In January 2020…
Jenny, Since you’re making Nowhere accessible, please be mindful of fragrance allergies. At the very least, please don’t have fragrance machines/air “fresheners”/scented hand soap in the bathrooms, and don’t have storewide potpourri, incense, or a “signature fragrance”. It would also be great if you didn’t sell fragranced products (candles, etc.), but, if you do, could you please keep them to one defined and obviously labeled area (that is not directly near the cash registers)? That would make Nowhere so much more accessible. Thank you in advance (with extra gravy) from all the fragrance-intolerant members of the Double-Unicorn Success Club!!!!
cheese and dried fruit and olives and pickles. Ginger molasses cookies. little bowls of nuts. popcorn. pretzels. bowls of cereal. bugles and ringolos.
This is SO exciting!! I wish I lived there! I will help in any way possible. My uncle lives south of Houston. I can fly there and rent a car! Olives, large Green olives with pimentos! Love you, Jenny!
I bow to you. Reading your blog is such a privilege and gives me so much joy. I sometimes add wine.
Cheese, crackers, fruit, and chocolate of some sort!
Adult lunchables aka those meat, cheese and cracker packs are always good.
I’ve already told my other half that we’re going to go to Texas to visit the store. I wish I could help with painting walls though!
Bridge Mix and salty stuff and then sweet stuff and back and forth! Little stuff in cute bowls or weird tea cups.
i know the most amazing artist that does huge murals you would have to fly him out from Seattle but he would be totally worth it his business page is here:
https://www.facebook.com/henrytheartist/ his name is ryan henry ward and he is amazing! He is weird, qwirky, and perfect
P.S. – Taco truck in the parking lot.
Hey! Like I said I could totally just drive over at lunch to hang out or paint tentacles. Pretty much the same thing. Just say when and where. Alamo heights has lots of cute shops. I think I know which area. Good choice!
This is so wonderful! Congratulations!!!
So awesome! I remember you saying long ago how you’d love to respond to someone inquiring where you’ve been by saying “Nowhere!” (and it being a real bookstore) and now it’s really going to be a real destination! I also did a double take when you mentioned needing someone to paint tentacles (I read it as testicles). I was trying to figure that one out before I did a re-read. Haha.
Congrats this is so exciting! Cheese and crackers, pastries and cakes, maybe get a local indie bakery involved who might be looking for distributors?
I’m so excited for you! This is going to be great. I just want to chime in on the non-cooked food ideas. I think a variety of salty and sweet stuff. Besides what you listed, I’d say a charcuterie board, or cheese and crackers.
I went to a cookie decorating/wine drinking class at a winery. they had a rustic charcuterie board with cheeses, salami, grapes and crusty bread. It was SO tasty and no cooking. But I munch on salty/crunchy when I drink. No deserts. Don’t want chocolate fingerprints on all your pretty pretty books.
Yessss, it is going to be brilliant! I would recommend some smoked almonds with that wine.
Charcuterie would be awesome
Mazel tov!! throwing Cheetos at you in celebration (doesn’t everyone love Cheetos confetti? My dogs do…)
Please put my name down on the Paint By Numbers committee and the collection development committee. As a librarian, I can tell you that this sounds like a pilgrimage destination for us! If you didn’t have cats at the store, I would be begging for a FT job and moving my ass to Texas. Yes, I am 100% serious. And I HATE the heat. And cats (sorry, but they try to kill me everytime I try to breathe in their vacinity!)
YOU GOT THIS!
I live in Central Texas and would’ve down to come down
on some weekends to help paint, help haul stuff or generally be
directed in whatever way possible! It is only a 2 hour road trip for us!
I always want pie or cake with my reading. For foods that don’t need to be cooked but are savory or more substantial, I love salads and sandwiches. As long as there’s refrigeration, maybe they can be premade? I was at a cafe once where the burritos were premade locally and the cafe just heated them up.
Google says you’re only a 23 hour drive away, JUST LET ME KNOW WHEN TO FUEL UP
I read testicles as well :0).
Just a thought: You need a life size cut out of you in the store. People will want to take pictures with you. You may not always be in the people mood.
Congratulations!! I know that this is going to be a great success. Wish I was still up to traveling that far, but I’ll just watch from the sidelines and cheer you on.
Congratulations!!! I so wish I still lived in Austin, but now I’m two states away. This is a great reason to visit, though. It’s going to be incredible—you’re so talented!
Fantastic news Jenny. Congratulations. Well done.
I love this artist’s murals in Lexington, KY. May be an option for you!
Also I think cheesecake is a must. And birthday cake with paper toothpick things stuck in the top that have pictures of your taxidermy animals and dolls.
Have you seen this? It draws on your wall! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1864378255/scribit-turn-your-wall-into-an-interactive-canvas
I don’t live that far (Rowlett), so I’s a comin’! I take orders well, I can cause a scene (after I get over the “I don’t know anyone here” vibe), and I’m a teacher. This means I can fake knowing EVERYTHING! 70s song lyrics? You betcha. Ability to read all, and I mean ALL, handwriting? 100%! Leading meditation when folks are overwhelmed? Received a license for that so Qualified. I’m a tiny wee small iota bit excited!!!
Jenny, this is so exciting! I heard this on a blog, and it stayed with me: Leap, and the net will appear. You KNOW it will all come out all right, because you have one hell of a net, in all of us!
I don’t drink, but cheezits and books. Or pimento cheese sandwiches? And apple juice. Or just 🧀 and crackers. And grapes. Now I’m hungry.
Cookies are always good when reading. Or Popcorn. I also eat caramels. Chips aren’t good because you get the salt and grease on the book when you turn the pages.
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If there’s a place to park it, you could partner with a food truck and let people bring the food inside to eat it. Just a thought, if you don’t want to take on the food part yourself.
I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! I’ve got no plans to visit Texas in the near future, so I really hope you’ll do online orders and such because I would much rather support your bookshop than the big box companies. Can’t wait to get my Nowhere Bookshop t-shirt and/or book bag, as well!
As for food, I always crave baked goods, but especially while reading/drinking. Brownies, cookies, scones, biscuits, etc. Especially those with chocolate, but fruity and/or buttery things are good, too.
Eeek, it’s gonna be AMAZING!
Hummus, crackers, olives, savory granola, peanut butter and jelly, dried mango, dried cherries, popcorn, these bags of fried shitaki mushrooms they have at Costco (I’m in Houston), soft cashew cheese (they make really good ones these days) with crackers or on a sandwich with cucumbers, empanadas, dumplings (anything wrapped in dough), baked chickpeas, etc. There is a surprising amount of plant based restaurants in San Antonio so I’m sure you can get some heat and eat options for plant based customers. Plus, they usually have a longer shelf life. Good luck! I will definitely stop by the once or twice a year I’m in San Antonio.
Wait, what? William Shatner did what?? Sing? What????
Do they still make Alpha Bits cereal? It would be fun to play word games with my food while in a bookstore. Plus, it has marshmallows, and who doesn’t like marshmallows?
A lot of small businesses around here use a rota of local food truck vendors to get around not having a kitchen, and our local cheese shop and two bakeries will do small catered plates that other places sell. I mean…cheese…can’t go wrong there!
SO EXCITING!! I have family in San Antonio that I have never met, so when I eventually come to meet them I will get to visit the bookstore too!
I am nowhere near Texas, so if there is any other way to contribute or throw money at you, please post!
My Stitch n Bitch club (crochet and knitters) are always looking for nice quiet venues with good lighting to hang out. We have met in bars, coffee shops, book stores and tea shops. My suggestion for you and the bar is to offer things like cheese plates, finger sandwiches, quiche, cookies, macarons and macaroons. Comfy couches & stuffed chairs are most desirable seating.
Ohhhh I have drawn tentacles, including a tentacle being perched on by cats, but I have never painted a single one! Obviously I have a major gap in my arteestic skill set. Huh. I shall have to remedy this shortfall of suckers, forthwith!!
That said, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the mural being based on your drawings. DO EET!!
Jenny, I’m just so proud of you. I keep looking at the logo and leaking happy tears
Maybe an old-timey candy-in-glass-canisters type bar? But not ribbon candy, because even though it’s beautiful and old-timey, it reminds people of the embarrassing childhood memory when some kind old soul insisted they take a piece out of a bowl that had been sitting out for 20 years and was dusty and had cat hair on it and all of the ribbons had stuck together so they had to politely gnaw on the furry lump of candy. So, no ribbon candy.
I am not a wine drinker, but I love a giant mug of hot tea with a snack of dark chocolate or some strawberry Pocky when I read. Or any kind of tiny cookies that I can eat in one bite so I don’t get crumbs all over my lap.
Congratulations, Jenny! So exciting! I had the good fortune to visit San Antonio once, so I hope it will happen again!
I was wondering if you considered that your fans will expect to see you there all the time – you might have to end up living there! Maybe you should install a SAFE room? <3
Love from the Canadian branch of the family LOL
If you don’t want to do full-on food service (which requires a permit and training), you could encourage people to order food for delivery by having delivery menus from local restaurants available.
I’m a librarian who lives in central Illinois but have friends and family in New Braunfels, so I’m going to start planning a visit. In my distant past, I worked in an independent bookstore, so I’d love to help long distance any way that I can.
Bravo! Wish I lived closer. I’d bake for Nowhere!💕💖💕
Texas wasn’t a place I ever thought I’d want to live… but I’m reassessing that thought now! Wish I did, so I could come help get Nowhere ready, and then visit it all the time. sigh
I’m so excited for you and will definitely be planning a road trip to come see it! I live in the western burbs of Chicago but would be happy to help! I have an art degree that I have done zero with….I’m in my 40s so it’s time to put that to use. Lol. I’m good with paint. Pretty sure. I am definitely solid with weird. Xoxo
Charcuterie!!! Big (or little) boards of meat and cheese and crackers and grapes and olives! And baked goods for mornings!!! Oh, and popcorn. And tea and coffee and wine and beer and stop me, I’m full fromweoting this!!!
I love sweet, salty and slightly spicy snack mix and you can never go wrong with cheese and crackers. Also, I would like to propose a pop rocks martini, had one somewhere once and it was delicious and entertaining! And one thing I’ve always loved is to eat in the theme of a book, so maybe special themed food for book signing events? Whatever you do will be amazing, you are so creative and you have an awesome community of supporters! So excited for you that you are starting on a new chapter of dreams!
Popcorn & M&Ms, mixed. And you’ve just convinced me to get self back to TX for a visit. So wish I could help paint!
I too wish I lived nearer so I could visit your store; but I wish you the very best of luck with it. (Now if I could just get up the nerve to try to get my book published but I’m so afraid…I mean, what business does someone who flunked an aptitude test have doing thinking she’d be able to do something like that?! But you go, girl; everybody knows you’re talented!)
I just could not be more excited at the news! I wish I lived closer so I could come lend a paintbrush!!!!
You’re probably looking for a local artist, but Justin Hillgrove (https://www.impsandmonsters.com/) is awesome!
Good luck! I cannot wait to visit.
I am up for a paint day or paint week!! Keep us updated!!
Check out my friend, Tony ( https://www.therabbithero.com ), for the mural. He might have the aesthetic you’re looking for.
I can send you a copy of my book, Bipolar Me, so you can sell it in your store and not have to pay me royalties.
I would plan a vacation to come and help you get your bookstore set up. I mean that. I am a hard worker, I can throw a bale of hay with the best of them (well, not really the best, but I like to build myself up), and I have mad skilz with dragging tortoises out of places they ended up that they shouldn’t have gone. With all these qualifications, how could I NOT be chosen to help you? I mean, really. HMU, Jenny. This endeavor is going to be frickin’ amazing.
I like cheese and fruit and more cheese when I’m reading. And maybe crackers. Sometimes cookies. I can’t wair until this this open so I can road trip on down. Or maybe fly if we have enough miles.
I’m not close-by but I LOVE helping people out by painting (decks, tifos, rooms in my friends’ houses) and I have extra vacation this year, so I could see myself making the trip anyways. I haven’t painted tentacles per se, but I have painted the lines of the Chicago L system, which is surprisingly similar, only with fewer suckers.
Bonus: I bake REALLY good cookies and scones so I could also be called upon to feed the masses if anyone in the area wants to cede control of their kitchen to me. I routinely bake for groups of 100-200.
Congrats! I love kettle chips, artisan breads, cheeses, hummus, tapenade, seasonal fruit, fancy schmancy nuts (no peanuts).
You should do food trucks! Just leave a space for them in the parking lot and have rotating vendor. Also I am a commercial architect in Houston and have experience transferring images to mural walls and would love to help. Feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org So excited for you!!
So excited all the way from Oz…..Well I love cheese n fruit n antipasto with wine. But for practicality….why not a wall of self-serve sweet or salty snacks that aren’t too messy like ye olde sweet shop / lolly bar/….or a creepy dark master selecting treats for you from snapes potion cupboard (if you can have a staff member)? Vampira’s pantry? Candy man willy wonka shop? Fill up a bag to dip into while eating….print colouring pages of your drawings or book covers to colour on the Lolly bags….or dot to dot puzzles on the bag for later. I love raspberry lollies coated in white chocolate…Hershey kisses so cute….liquorice all sorts….Lolly gobble bliss bombs….something whizz fizzy…Harry Potter lollies and butterbeer? How about .the most strange edible vending machine items from Japan? Curious sweets (our local chocolatier makes white chocolate skulls filled with mint fondant brains inside). Can we find out what snozzcumbers taste like and lick the wallpaper….maybe too far. So many options. No coffee?
So looking forward to your bookstore. Another reason to visit Texas more often. Check out Amanda Valdes. Her art and murals and goth dolls are amazing. https://www.amandavaldes.com/
Whelp, now I have a reason to go to Texas I guess.
This is the first thing that has ever made me seriously want to go to the US. Ill have to ogle and be jealous from afar. Snack-wise, all id recommend is to have a variety of both sweet and savoury. I personally like cheese and onion chips (i think you call them crisps) and wine. Go figure! And once all the bricks and mortar are done, please do an online store which specialises in donations, so we can buy books for people who can’t afford them! Yay a family bookshop!!!!!
I have lived in San Antonio for 2 unhappy years and JUST when you are opening this amazing place where I KNOW I would find friends, I’m moving! Sad me. I am so proud of you and excited for you!
I am totally down to paint tentacles! Would have to drive up from Corpus, but it’s not that far. Also, there are a ton (like 5 that I can think of off the top of my head, haha) of local artists here in Corpus that have painted really great murals lately. Most of them are downtown if you would like to come check them out. I’d be happy to send you a few names to contact if you are interested!
I’ve never been to San Antonio but I will come! Consider things you can eat with a toothpick to minimize greasy fingers on your pages.
I wish I lived closer (I’m way up in north Texas, about an hour outside of Dallas) because this sounds like SO MUCH DAMN FUN! 🙂
MaryEllen September 05,2019
I’m sooo Excited for you as well, I live in Marlborough Mass. but I’ll be sending Good Vibes & Prayers 🙏 your way during construction 🔨 phase. Will look forward to a destination trip to Texas once you have your Grand Opening!!! Congrats 🎉🎈🎊 to all of us in the Family, Jenny
Oh my goodness Oh my goodness Oh my goodness. It’s happening! And you’re feeling all the feelings! And I’m so overwhelmingly happy for you! I am not a Texan, but count me in for whatever support you need. Seriously. I used to work at a local indie bookshop, and it was EVERYTHING. Yours will be that for locals and wanderers like me. Food? Hmm! Gosh, popcorn for sure. Pickles? Celery and peanut butter, but in the shape of a tentacle? Plantain chips? Mmmmmmmm.
Jenny.. I know the perfect artist!!!! Her name is Danielle. Her Facebook page is Dangerkitten art on Facebook… Go look at her work! ❤ me and the hubby are so excited to come see the bookstore!!!!! Happy dance
I think I helped buy the bar even though I would get more use from the bookstore. I love bookstores.
Maybe not salty, greasy snacks when reading wonderful books. Could you have iced tea also for the people who have to drive home? Chocolate is always the right call!
I’m 10 minutes from there and have painting supplies and lots of time on my hands! As for a mural, there is a great artist in San Marcos who does quirky murals all over town of cats and mermaids and birds and other critters. My favorite piece he did is of a local grackle that got shot by an arrow but he DID NOT die and flew around with an actual arrow through his head. https://www.facebook.com/reneperezart/
YAY!!! Now I will need to go visit my Texas family so I can see it.
As for food, good dark chocolate, mini-muffins (less messy than big and you can have a variety), cookies, cheese, pretzels (crunchy and chewy), veggie sticks (I know, I’m weird and really like to snack on fresh veggies).
I will happily design a mural for you. I tattoo octopi regularly, so I’m good with tentacles. I also do ravens and cats pretty regularly. I see zero reason why all three can’t be in the same mural. My art website is here: https://shop.emilypageart.com/ and you can find my tattoo designs on instagram as @emilypageart.
My husband, youngest daughter, and I will be coming to Austin in the spring of next year to get our eldest settled. As soon as I saw that you had signed a lease, I told my husband that we are going to San Antonio. He asked why and I said, “an awesome bookstore” and his response was, “Of course we are.” I’m so excited for you and also for the fact that it should be open in time for us to visit! I’m seriously fangirling over here lol
When this opens I am driving from Chicago to spend time there. Never been to this part of Texas and this is the perfect reason for a road trip!
That is fantastic! Congratulations!
I love popcorn and all of the food things you mentioned plus chips and salsa, rice crispy squares and cake pops! 🙂
Tip o’ the hat M’lady!! WOW – you did it!! and now it must be done….fantastic! Rooting for you 100 here in NYC – and call me if you need any advice on layout or design…must have done 100’s of stores for B&N in the 90’s….those were the days;)
Count me in for any work needed, I am an excellent painter and by that I mean I can paint walls and ceilings really well but that is where my painting talent stops, but I am pretty handy with other stuff. If will now of course start driving slowly around Alamo Heights trying to find the location. This also makes you an 09er, maybe you can improve the image of the 09ers.
Baked goods, tea, and candy (usually chocolate) is what I prefer when I’m reading. I can’t wait to see the finished product! I hope you spam us with lots of pictures of the before, during, and after, maybe a vlog or two, or just a quick walk-through video for those of us who don’t leave close enough to come visit (yet).
Awww… if I lived closer, I would come help you paint. I’m in Dallas, so we will day trip down once you open.
I’m so excited and want to be a part of this from afar and already checking drive time from Phoenix.
I would love a little fruit and cheese plate at the bar.
Cheese balls- feel free to interpret that any way you like!
Nibbles-chocolates,nut brittle, cheese, crackers, snack mix(like at the bulk food store, Sriracha crackers, etc). Develop your own snack mix, maybe sweet and hot? DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT FINGER SANDWICHES!
I misread tentacles as testicles. Think about that for a mural?
So so proud of you! Yay!
Could you partner with a local bakery for cookies, scones, etc? Also, I’m assuming there will be coffee and tea. Please let there be tea…
Congrats! I read tentacles as testicles, which frankly, made more sense to me. Either way, yeah! Food trucks might resolve your food service dilemma. Cheering you on from Canada!
Cheese, fruit, nut and honey tray with tiny bread or crackers!
Congrats! I’m retiring in Feb 2020, so I will plan a road trip to see you!
Everybody already said all the good food ideas. I like salty – pretzels, bar mix, cheese straws, etc.
Also I’m going to be in San Antonio for a few days just before Christmas. If there’s any pre-opening events, please post about them.
Yahoo! Congrats, lady! Tea, gots to have tea. And cookies, oh yes. I was born in San Antonio and still have fam who live in the area, so I guess I should plan a visit when you start painting! And my grandparents founded the Brighter Days Horse Refuge in Pipe Creek, have you ever been?
I have already informed my husband that we need to go to Texas. He doesn’t need to know why does he? If there is anything us out-of-state folks can do, let us know!
Volunteering myself and my strong husband to smash/move/paint things!!!
So, SO many good vibes to you. It is going to be great. If you need anything from Florida, send up a flare. Can’t wait to visit. ❤️
Look up Rick sinnet. Aka mothman. He is an awesome artist always looking for places to put murals.
Oooh! Sounds like Heaven! Find someone to do some different pastries that they can bring you! There’s a lady here in my town who does it for this local coffee shop chain and it’s great! Coffee, booze, same thing. Good luck Jen!
Get a movie style popcorn machine for snacks.
I also like liquor-soaked prunes.
But also I’m weird.
Crossiants would be awesome.. also something salty like popcorn. Sounds like it’s going to be awesome and people will be flauwking to San Antonio like they do to Waco soon!
How exciting! Congratulations!
You should get a chocolate candymaker to design some signature treats for you!
And chips/popcorn/crackers – gotta have something salty and something sweet.
Ah, it would be my dream to sell my tiny pies in a tiny bakeshop inside your magical bookshop. The Texas heat and I had to part ways, so let me know when you are ready to expand to SoCal 🙂
Why not find someone who does pastries and have them deliver different things each day? Have a rotating menu. Maybe some packaged chip stuff too? Good luck!
I will fire Amazon and buy my books from you. Even though I live in Ohio. I have wanted to visit San Antonio for a long time and you just gave me a great reason. This is going to be supreme!
DANG, I’m like 2,005 miles away……….:( You KNOW I/we wish you well!! testicles/ravens/cat heads…whoop!
I so wish I lived closer!!! As far as food goes, I love things that are comforting, like scones, muffins, and little slices of cake or cupcakes. Also, munchies like pretzels. I love me some seasoned pretzels (if you haven’t tried Dot’s pretzels, get to your local Ace Hardware (yes, really) and get you some) with a delicious hot chocolate!
A big hug and congratulations on your new adventure. You need to invite William Shatner to the grand opening! How about some fancy unusual flavor ice cream. For example, Chehalis, WA has a Garlic Festival where they sell garlic ice cream (It has a similar flavor to coconut). In Lacey WA, they have a Mushroom Festival that has mushroom ice cream. I remember it tasting better than it sounds.
How about charcuterie boards. You don’t have to cook, just cut up either salami and meats with cheese, or pickled vegs and cheese, or a dessert charcuterie. Simple yet totally works with any drinks
So exciting! And I like popcorn. Its seriously one of my favorite foods. And it goes with beer or wine, so great for drinking with! I also like parmesan goldfish while drinking too, but then I’m very fancy like that.
Awesome!!! Definitely wish I lived closer to Texas… In terms of food – I recommend things like cookies and scones.
How about featuring some of your taxidermy collection? Maybe in a case? Switch it out every now and then and put the book in there that has that critter on the cover!
Oh, and a candy bar, like where you can pick your own sweets?
Fantastic news! You’ll do great! As to food, how about a basket of Baby Bels or similar wrapped cheeses? Not sure what they’d cost, but should not be much.
WINE AND POPCORN. YOU NEED NOTHING ELSE! (Except books.)
As a former Texan, I wish I lived in Texas to help you. I love painting and would love to help paint tentacles. I love you. I love this community. I survive most days because I know this family supports me.
I wish I lived in Texas so I could join in on the fun but I am definitely planing a trip when the bookshop is finally open. As for food, cookies and giant slices of cake and/or pie always go well with reading and drinking!
OMG THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!
My daughters and I visited the perfect bookstore food combo ever this summer in Greenville, SC. The book store is way too crisp for your liking, but the idea of welcoming people to eat goodies in a bookstore was just heaven. Also the books were so well curated! My teen book junkie bought 2 bags because she couldn’t resist all the amazing titles for YA. My book club in Houston is prepared for a road trip to visit you as soon as you are open!! We are very excited for you!
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Maybe you could find a baker who wants to run a bakery out of your bookstore? Warm chocolate chip cookies, books with chocolate finger prints on the pages is the best! Also, people will have to buy the books if they get chocolate on the pages!
In the PNW, a lot of breweries have food trucks and/or have delivery menus everywhere so they don’t have to carry a food license. And since they aren’t serving food, dogs can come in. Books, drinks, food trucks, drag queen story hour, and dogs? I may have to finally visit Texas.
Congratulations to you (and the world) on this amazing and incredible adventure!
I live here! Whaddya need done? 😊
This probably goes without saying, but there WILL be random taxidermied animals scattered about, right?
I’m sure you have more tentacles into the arts scene than I do, but I can’t miss the opportunity to share the work of the amazing Marie Cameron, if you are looking for someone who I think could match your imagination and take your ideas and bring them to life on the walls of Nowhere!
Something that won’t get my fingers icky while I’m turning pages. Or – in lieu of that – please provide some of those fingertip condoms (some might refer to them as finger cots) so that I can have my cheetos and eat them too.
In Colorado most breweries have relationships with food trucks. The food trucks park right outside, and some places have menus and calendars of what trucks are there each day, and you bring the food inside. This means breweries don’t have super drunk people but also don’t have to have fully staffed kitchens. Also, because these are not food prep locations, bringing in pets is not a health code violation. Not sure if you’re planning on having your book store be a pet friendly zone, but if you are, could be time to make friends with all the food truck peeps in your area.
One of my local wine bars has chocolate truffles and bowls of fancy, salted nuts. With beer, I like it when I’m served those dried wasabi peas.
I’m in Austin, but I will definitely make a day trip to come help out! Let us know.
If she’s available, Ursula Vernon is my favorite (and also my weirdest) artist I could recommend and I recall she’s done murals before. Also, the last mural The Rabbit Hero did also had tentacles.
I’m in Ohio so I can’t help paint, but I will absolutely do anything I can long distance. I have family near San Antonio (well, near by Texas standards), so I will come visit on my next trip. This is so exciting!!!
Clearly I’ll have to visit San Antonio! It has been years since I’ve been so time for a trip. (Well when the bookstore opens. I mean if I show up now you might put me to work and I am NOT good at renovation.)
I will gladly throw money at you, via a Kickstarter/GoFundMe, to help you get the place up and running.
I am sure that quite a few of your friends would be willing to, too.
Serious part: You should draw the mural. Even if you can find the right artist, you should still draw the mural.
Unserious part: Um, you thought the phrase “wine and ___” ends with cookies, scones, pie, popcorn, or licorice??!! Cheese. The answer is “cheese.” Cheese and baguette slices.
Please post your grand opening date(s) as soon as you know! I just retired (and my hubby has relatives in the San Antonio area) so I want to be there. The blessings of Capt Kirk – I’m over the moon! Live long and prosper & get that bookstore up and roaring! ❤️ Please don’t paint testicles on the walls…those are NOT the type of teabags I want to see in a bookstore. 😳
Well, I don’t drink, but curling up with a good book and a cookie is the best thing ever. Also, thank you for posting this today because I’ve had a pretty bad day but this is totally making me squeal and wiggle in my chair, yay!
Oh I so wish I lived close by. I so want to be part of this! I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I hope you have Italian sodas for those of us who don’t really drink, apparently that’s what I want at the moment.
Mazel tov! I’m so excited for you, and for us too! I’m a few hours away but I’d love to help if I can. Let us know what you need and when. This sounds so fantastic! I think cheese straws or crackers , scones, chocolate, and licorice all sound like delicious snacks. I like the food truck idea too.
So it depends on what I’m drinking but if I’m having a beer I usually want pretzels, the hard or soft kind, with mustard or cheese. If I’m having wine I like fruit & cheese & maybe fancy chocolates. If I’m having a margarita of course I want chips & salsa. All of those can be made allergen-free, & don’t require cooking.
I recommend checking out Kate Seeley. I just met her a couple weeks ago at a craft fair in Massachusetts. She has an amazing talent and kooky-cool-dark aesthetic!!! She also paints large paintings, but I don’t know about murals…
Houston is only a few hours away from SA and I would totally come paint, or wipe paint off floors, or just wander around giving people paint…or more wine!
I have a friend in Austin who could paint you some serious tentacles 😉
This Houston gal just screamed “ROAD TRIP” and scared her dog. Bar food: big soft pretzels, popcorn, nuts, various bar mixes with stuff like weird Chinese crackers and wasabi peas (known to my gal pals as “kibbles and bits”), nachos, chips and dips, all accompanied by big-ass comfy chairs with conveniently located small tables which can either be moved towards or away from crowds depending on how social I feel. You, my dear friend, are creating nirvana, and the celestial stylings of Mr Shatner are only a small fraction of what you are due.
I have never in my life wanted to visit Texas… until now. Can I just show up and spend Xmas break in a comfy chair reading? Because your book shop just made my bucket list. Waving from Minneapolis and sending all the You Can Do It vibes 🙂
I never wanted to live in TX, until now! SO wish I could be there for the tentacle paint party! And for the store opening, of course, because it’s going to be rad.
I suggest baked goods if you have to have food. And popcorn. Just comfort food. Don’t forget non-alcoholic options for those of us who don’t drink (tea? Pretty please??). I’m so excited about this whole thing!!
Soft pretzels!!! With cheese. Cheese is superior to mustard.
I like salty crunchy snacks when I’m drinking. Chips, pretzels, Smartfood popcorn.
I live in Buda, so I can help. I am not an artist, but a paintbrush fits my hand just fine!! Just hand me one and point me at a wall.
Snacks? Sure. Chips, popcorn, munchos, etc..
Let’s do this!
Even in the absolute worst case scenario — you still got serenaded by Captain Kirk! There’s no downside to this. None.
Two local artists in NorCal that might be able to do what you need… two different styles but both amazing: https://www.facebook.com/dakotasdesigns/ and https://www.facebook.com/redeyelaboratories/ If I lived in San Antonio, I would totally come and paint tentacles…!!
I wish I lived in San Antonio because I would totally love to help and hang out there all the time and probably even work there. And cookies, cookies are always good. 🙂
Looking forward to seeing what a non-Texan can do to help!!! So excited for you 😊
I will so drive the 2ish hours to SA to help out! You just have to let us ok really just me at least 45 days before you need it! The VA has strict rules on leave, never had anything like it before.
So exciting!!!! I love your concept and will travel from New Jersey to buy a book and drink when you open. Maybe more than one. Of each.
So exciting! The coffee shop in my neighborhood sells those prepackaged hummus & chips and chip & meat packs when you need a little snack with your wine.
Yay! I’m trying to figure out how to make North Carolina closer to Texas so I can come stalk…er…visit you and your books!
Awesome!! Congratulations!! Wish I lived closer to help out, but I’m with you in spirit and celebrating you’re exciting adventure!
all of the above and add potato chips.
Oh my gawd! So excited for you! Such a scary, grown-up venture! A successful business has a great boss and employees that you can count on to run it on the days that you can’t get out of bed. Don’t be afraid ask for help when you need it. I am so proud to be a part of this crazy, dysfunctional family that you have created!
BTW, I hope that you never get tired of hearing this, but you inspire me daily, and have had a huge part in saving my life recently.
You said “what do you usually crave when you’re reading a great book?”
Antipasto is great, some cured meats, cheeses, olives, pickles, a few crackers; the options for non cooked delicious bits of food that keep well and don’t require cooking is endless :). Easy to put together and clean up. I don’t generally crave sweet stuff with alcoholic beverages.
Soft drinks. Diet Coke is a must. 🙂
Take the number of weeks you think it will require to get ready and double or triple them. Just saying. Get a copy of Chase’s Calendar of Events for 2020 and plan for parties to celebrate weird occasions.
Page & Palette in Fairhope, Al has a loyal following for over 40 years. They must be doing something right. Check them out.
I know Im late to this but bar foods that don’t need cooking:
1 – Nuts – sugared pecans (cause it’s Texas), wasabi almonds, bbq of either (again, because Texas). Peanuts of all kinds. Basically a good mixture of sweet and salty and spicy.
2 – Olives & salty oily nibbly things – Don’t know how feasible this is because they’ll need refrigeration but my favorite apps are to go to Whole Foods and fill a large container with scoops of everything from the olive bar – including the roasted marinated garlic.
3 – Pickled things – see above. Same concept but little cornichons, pickled cauliflower, pickled garlic, pickled peppers, pickled green beans … ALL THE PICKLES.
4 – Chips – with or without salsa. Potato chips or corn chips or taco chips or all of the above. Pretzels and popcorn fall into this area as well.
5 – Cheese straws/balls – because the South. Spicy and not spicy.
6 – Kolaches. I mean seriously, it’s Texas and it’s San Antonio. Can you contract with a local place to bring kolaches of the sweet and/or savory kind?
7 – Jerky. Beef, turkey, whatever protein. Spicy, sweet, BBQ, some variety.
8 – Candy – M&Ms, Skittles, Reeses Pieces, rice krispy treats, red vines, Twizzlers, etc Think movie theater candy.
9 – Scones or sweet biscuits.
BF suggested things like Cheezits or Cheez balls but I’m thinking that’s a recipe for smudges on new books. But if you could keep those things in the bar area, might be worth thinking about.
Also I can see scope for fun seasonal snacks as well that aren’t offered during the rest of the year. Mini Cadbury Creme eggs during the spring, pumpkin spice something in the fall, gingerbread scones in December, etc.
Oh, and you could serve no-cook snacks like cheese, meats, and crackers would work! Fruit trays! Veggie trays! And lots of different flavours of popcorn! And different flavours of potato chips!
Congrats! I wish I lived in the area so I could visit. A question, though. Is it NoWhere Bookshop or NowHere Bookshop?
I’m pretty sure you are an artist and can make your own kick ass mural.
as far as book snacks – tea and toast (fall and winter) or popcorn and tonic water with lime and grapefruit wedges (spring and summer), never fails
You can’t go wrong with salami, cheese, nuts, olives and crusty bread for no-cook food options to accompany wine. This is exciting news Jenny, congratulations!
Another vote for warm/soft pretzels. Plus they kind of look like tentacles.
This Austinite will be there with bells on. Just tell me when and I will be on my way!!
Curious why you are not giving the address, although I found it pretty easily from the article hints.
So excited! I love just outside Windcrest and am in Alamo heights all the time. Very much looking forward to this, and will probably be driving by checking all the time! I’d say, for snacks/bar foods, it would be great to have scones, cheese, macarons, and popcorn. Oh, and black licorice. : )
Cookies, scones, and sandwiches. Coffee, tea, and Diet Coke.
I used to work in Alamo Heights. Now I’m trying to guess where your store is. I can’t paint artistically but I love painting walls and am ALL over helping you on a weekend or after work. Just send up a Bloggess Signal and your San Antonio band will show up in full force.
I wish the girl in the logo was more multiethnic. She looks like such a white-bread girl with that ponytail. Unless it’s meant to be you.
SO EXCITING! It will be the reason I finally visit San Antonio…
I concur with antipasto/cheese/meat/veggie tray kinds of things. You can go a long way without having to cook anything, just cut and present…
I just hope that you vlog Drag Queen Story Hour, because I’m all in for that!
Something savory like a cheese scone!! Too many places only have sweet pastries when what I’m looking for is savory.
Wow, wonderful, congratulations, fantastic! I wish I lived somewhere in your area.
I would try to partner up with some local food places – like food carts and such. You could serve some of their sweet and savory on a regular basis and then on some nights have them set up those cart outside for something more substantial as something fun.
So now I need to convince my husband to move to San Antonio.
And Pie is the answer to any question. Or soft pretzels.
Bird Bakery is in the area and they make delicious little and regular size cupcakes, lunches, etc. you could probably get everything and more they them. Oh and they have gluten free too
I work for a promo company in SA, so let me know if you need any give sways, T shirts, pens, magnets, etcetera and more!
It would be totally awesome if you threw out some work party days, then some of us far off non-Texans could plan a working vacation and help get this adventure flying! I fee like this the the kind of community that would totally get behind it. Also I’m the salty snack type of girl if I’m drinking and not cooking! Chips and salsa, hummus and pita chips… great, now I’m hungry for snacks!
I have not done a mural in nearly twenty years and I have not done eldritch horrors in at least 15 but if you are desperate and want to fly me to San Antonio and give me an air mattress in the bookstore I would be delighted to come paint tentacles on your wall.
So my town did one of those hide and seek paintings on the side of a building. You can check it out under News & Events at http://www.downtownfremontohio.org (right under the weenie mobile coming to town). I am sure if you are interested in doing something like that I can get you in touch with the right people. Although we are in Ohio…although it’s zero here in the winter and we are easily bought.
As far as food I eat when I read…I like dry Lucky Charms & Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I watch people eat all sorts of stuff in the library I work in. So much that if I can find donors I’m putting a wi-fi Cafe in our library where you can drink coffee and slurp OJ, and crunch Doritos to everyone’s delight…without me freaking out. Oh we also show movies and give away popcorn…people LOVE it…so do that. Good Luck!!
Can’t wait to watch this grow! I think a page out of your coloring book would be excellent mural inspiration. https://possumscatsthingsgnawingatme.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/the-wigglebothum-at-play/
I’m in Canada but would like to offer long distance help. I’m a lighting designer and have some funky software that lets me create your space and then play with what different lighting will do. And it gives you a 3D rendering of the space. I’ve been working with lighting for about 25 years and I’d love to pass what I’ve learned on to you.
I can’t wait for your bookstore to open. I’m in the area and totally willing to help out with anything. I’ll bring beer and chips & salsa as well as an artsy teen daughter to help! 🤗
My dad lives in Boerne. I can swing by while I’m visiting. Cheap flights from Raleigh to San Antonio. Yay!!!
Starts looking for work in San Antonio
I don’t live near San Antonio but I am SO GOOD at tentacles. Damn it. Congratulations you beautiful weirdo.
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I am totally in San Antonio, and will totally show up to help and/or inaugurate this new treasure. Can’t wait!
When I’m reading at home I like to have candy/chocolate with hot tea [usually chocolate chips so it’s easier to pop into my mouth without looking away from the page]. Whenever I go to B&N with my brother’s kids I get a hot cocoa and either a big cookie or muffin — though they also have cake and cheesecake that I’m always tempted by. I recently fell in love with Clancy’s Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn — it’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty that I love on my popcorn. If you have bartenders I’d definitely suggest hiring ones who make a variety of non-alcoholic mixed drinks [the last holiday party I went to, they didn’t even have grenadine to make simple stuff like Shirley Temples].
🙌Double high five for you!! How about some nut mixes or trail mix for readers, I love that when reading!
Congrats!!! How exciting!
Chocolate- I nibble on Lindt dark chocolate balls while reading. And popcorn.
Big up from the City of Marion,Iowa for one more place to Christmas Shop.
Charcuterie.. fancy cheese meat fruits…
So happy and excited for you!! I may have to plan a trip from Washington to Texas next year. Wishing you great success.
I took my kids to a tapas place where the only appealing item on the menu for them was a chocolate sampler. It had a number of different kinds of small chocolates that we watched being unwrapped (ghirardelli chocolate squares), broken off full bars (toblerone), or pulled out of bulk canisters from Costco (chocolate covered caramels) and laid out on a plate. Super simple, and we paid like $10 for maybe $2 worth of chocolate.
I already told my husband this is a future bucket list vacation
Congratulations! Sounds like heaven. Food is a tough one, not too much effort but not too much mess and nothing that will damage the books. One idea that ignores the issues – book related food like fried green tomatoes, Bertie Botts beans, Willie Wonka’s chocolate etc. Enjoy the planning stage and don’t forget, if something doesn’t work once you open the shop, you can change it.
Congrats to you (and us)! As to what goes with wine and a book – it better be chocolate. So how about those wonderful double chocolate cookies that aren’t as crumbly as some cookies? But scones would work – as long as there was at least one with chocolate in it. It’s wonderful that you have the vision to start this. I’m still looking for my vision. You inspire me.
Jelly beans, even the black ones
I feel like with wine you should have a cheese board or perhaps charcuterie. Get all classy drunk. Fruit, nuts and/or chocolate would be good as well. So many congratulations! I wish I was still in Texas; I’d come help paint in a heartbeat!
My favourite bookstore as a kid had chocolate chip cookies and milk, and rotating types of cake, my favourite of which was carrot cake with cream cheese icing. It was amazing and I still remember how great it was 30 years later
This makes me so happy and have happy tears! I WILL come to your bookstore from California. Nothing will stop me! Thank you for bringing us on this adventure ❤️
I read tentacles as testicles and wondered why you’d want them in a mural for your bookstore/bar.
Then I thought, well, it’s the Bloggess. I’m sure she has a good reason…
I hate to be a downer, but all Libraries have a no food and drink policy for good reasons. Just saying
Congrats! So happy for you! Wish I lived closer 💕
Firm believer in cookies and coffee cake but also maybe tiny sandwiches?
You also need a barista serving up the best, locally roasted coffee!
My artist niece paints great tentacles and has done great murals but, alas, she lives all the way in Virginia
Charcuterie. Various small pre-prepped plates with assortments of cheese, meat, crackers, grapes, bread, pate, chocolate covered almonds… Love love love this with wine.
I just Googled the map of Alamo Heights and noticed Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum, so you may be near one of your people. I also notice Bird Bakery, plenty of pies, cookies, sandwiches, so maybe you could work out a catering deal? I’m 4 hours away (if the traffic is forgiving) so not exactly next door but I sure hope to come down anytime you need us.
I am so happy for you! I eat lots of stuff and I like to have those little rye bread squares topped with cucumber, and seasoned with dill weed and seasoned salt. I also like grapes, little oranges, and fortune cookies. You could get fortune cookies with hilarious sayings. Coffee is gross, but I assume it will be inevitable. It smells foul though I think I may be the only one in America that feels that way. I live in Wisconsin and will put this on a place to go. I wish every good thing for you.
Your bookshop needs a little cave section with pillows where someone can sit and read if they are feeling anxious with lots of people around.
My wife and I live just up the road in San Marcos and we will super duper totally come down and help with whatever, whenever. We’re so excited! Congratulations! You’re gonna do awesome.
Just say the word and a good load of us will be making pilgrimages. Also I just wanted to say “good load.”
To answer your question: scones. Definitely scones.
Oh wow, that is soooo exciting! What an awesome project – I’m proud of you for being brave. When we step into the arena, exciting things happen!
The cake is not a lie! And it goes well with books.
We have a wonderful new/used bookstore in Phoenix with a bar and they keep the food fairly simple. Changing Hands Books and First Draft Book Bar. Might get some ideas from them. You can see more here: https://www.changinghands.com/firstdraftbar/menu
And congratulations 🙂
I live in Europe but I will do my best to support from overhead. 🙂
This is going to be the best bookstore/bar ever. Popcorn goes well with everything.
Love it! So excited for you!! Can’t wait to visit!
Damn! I wish I lived closer! But so willing to take vacation to come help! I have family in Houston-that isn’t too far right?! I bake…would love to find a way to get you some of my German Chocolate Cupcakes…they are the talk of my office after last year’s bake off 😉
Nuts. Chips. Olives. Cheese. Charcuterie. I’m so excited for you and proud of you. And I’d love to help when it’s time.
Damn! I wish I lived closer! But so willing to take vacation to come help! I have family in Houston-that isn’t too far right?! I bake…would love to find a way to get you some of my German Chocolate Cupcakes…they are the talk of my office after last year’s bake off 😉 oh…and I am a degreed librarian…that helps…right?
So happy for you and all!! Huge congrats.
So excited about your bookbar, and I WILL travel to Texas (which is anathema for we West Coasters) to visit. Re: food, a taphouse here has popcorn, trailmix, mixed nuts and some other soy coated party mix that I avoid like the plague but others like. It’s all serve yourself and customers seem to like it. For larger orders, they kinda partner with a pizza shop down the block and the pizza guys will bring you your pizza or you go get it. Something like that might be possible.
Sourdough bread and cheese is my go-to wine snack.
I can donate inventory. I mean, sure, some crappy used books because duh. But I’ve got some signed first editions, some from the closure of Seattle Mystery Bookshop, that I’m willing to part with in the name of bookshop solidarity. Just say the word!
IF you offer cheesy snacks (Cheetos or flavored popcorn, etc,) you should also have vases filled with chopsticks so people can read books without leaving cheesy fingerprints on the books. We use them for our knitting groups. Wine plus knitting plus snacks? Chopsticks make it happen every time!
I am so excited for you!!!! I may have to make a trip to Texas because I know your bookstore is going to be freaking amazing!!! 😊❤️📚💖
Fruit, veg and the usual salty flair. And make sure to have water. A refillable fountain thing would be nice and environmentally friendly. Also I love this Canadian artist who does murals and paints cool dark storms and solar flares among other things.https://earthskyart.ca/
How wonderful and exciting! I hope to visit Nowhere someday.
Congratulations!! As for food, all of the above especially licorice straw ropes. Nothing says class and sophistication like drink wine from a red wine. Who’s with me! No? Only me?
Hooray!!! Let us folks living outside of Texas know how we can help! We’re all ready to pitch in!
YIPPPPEEEEEEEEE! So ready for this. Alamo Heights is the place to be. There was a cool bookstore called Bookstop years ago that I loved. I will be buying from your store and hope to have the opportunity to come help in any way I can. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!
I live in Austin and would love to come and help paint! We have family in SA (so, a place to stay) so are in SA often. I’m so excited the Nowhere Bookshop has a location!
If you want cat heads, tentacles, ravens, robots, etc. you need Rory Skagen in Austin!
Check out his stuff on line. He’ s famous for fantasy art & he also did the iconic ‘ Welcome
to Austin’ mural that everyone takes selfies in front of. Or something of your own in the
spirit of ‘Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.’ So happy for you to
see your dream become reality.
Ok, I’m local, I’m not good at painting tentacles, but I can do a pretty good job at paint by numbers. You say when and I’ll be there to help in whatever way I want!
Cookies. I love cookies. And gardettos and chips. And pie. And salsa for chips. Because chips and dip and margaritas. And guacamole. Now I’m hungry.
I am SO excited!!! Wish I lived closer but am down to help remotely with anything. Definitely coming when you open! This is going to be epically awesome!! If you have pie, I will be even more in heaven. Coffee and pie. Any and all baked goods. Love you!!!
Your bookstore makes me want to move to Texas just to paint! Best of luck to you, I know you will do great.
Kolaches! They go with everything. Sweet ones, savory ones- they’re so good! The world could use more kolache places. And congratulations.
Jenni check on artist Douglas Roper. I think he lives on the north side of San Antonio. He has work for sale in the Boerne area and has done some murals in the past. In the past I know he did one watercolor of a unicorn. It was green and during an exhibition, someone told him that they “Had never seen a green unicorn.” Doug’s response was, “So you’ve seen unicorns?” He has a sense of humor that might match yours.
Okay, it looks like Doug is doing mostly sculpture now days, but I would still contact him.
pop corn is one of my foods in the world. But don’t pop it in the bookstore. smell lingers.
I love popcorn while I’m reading. But as a bookstore it may not be a great option because you don’t want butter on the books. Unless you have a “you butter it, you buy it” policy. Although, that policy does seem kinda on brand for you, because you’re awesome like that.
Definitely pop corn and roasted and glazed nuts. They will make the place smell fantastic.
Take lots of deep breaths.
Especially when getting a liquor license in Texas.
I would seriously drive from Houston to participate in a paint-by-number mural. This is going to be EPIC.
I’m already inventing recipes for a literary themed cocktail menu.
You got this, and I know it will be a great success! So proud of you, Jenny!
Regarding snacks…anything that people won’t be shoving their hands in, like if you have popcorn then each person gets a small bag.Same with peanut butter stuffed pretzels, which is a totally good idea. Cookies, DUH! Scones, yes. A candy counter. And no food allowed in the author readings…all those rattling bags and crunching! Good luck! And Congrats!
food for when reading and drinking wine – cheese and good french bread, or popcorn, or cheese and sliced apples, or grapes – but cheese and bread are good (the soak up wine well – at least the bread does). you could add charcuterie (fancy salami et al).
Chocolate — I recommend barkThins (the dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt). Goes awesomely with red wine.
Yay, I hope I can visit someday! I usually eat granola or chocolate bars when I read, something small that won’t get messy.
Tell me when, and where and I will be there to paint tentacles (wow, easy for autocorrect to go off the rails) on as many.
Could you please make something like “buy a brick” or something to donate. Because I am way to far away to be a customer ever, but I wold love to contribute and I am vain enough, that I want my name on the wall of some store hundreds of thousands of kilometers away. And if you give me a paypal button and an amount of what it would cost to have you/someone write my name on some wall in your bookshop I will definitely pay it.
Wow, congratulations! That is so cool.
Good non-cooking food for bars? Cheese plates, charcuterie, chocolates, pastries…now I’m hungry and want to come to your not-yet-existing bar and read a book and drink some wine and eat some pastries.
Snacks plus drinks? Let’s see. My favorite pairings are: red wine with a decadent chocolate cupcake; white wine with a cheese and fruit plate; and beer with salty, cheesy, or spicy snacks. And I’m sure there are plenty of local bakeries and delis that you could partner with on the food!
This may be the one time in LIFE where people wish they lived in Texas! You can totally do this. I love the idea of food but I think of it getting all over the books and who wants to read books with pie smears all over them? (I have tried it on my break and pie ALWAYS leaves smears.) I guess cookies and popcorn are best but again, it would have to be cookies that don’t leave chocolate smears and maybe air-popped popcorn which would be less greasy that the buttery kind. I think you should go on TV and have the Property Brothers come in and do all the hard work (removing walls and stuff.) If they can renovate the house used for the exterior shots of the Brady Bunch (they are making the interior match what was on the TV show…WHY?) Anyway that is something that HGTV should help with and that way all of us could watch and see it happen and then people would see the NOWHERE BOOKSHOP starting to happen and you’d get that publicity. Seems like a good idea to me…and they would have access to some brilliant artist to do the mural too. Very excited fo you and though I’m glad I DON’T live in Texas when the store is done I may have to fly down there from NY to visit it. I am totally sure my husband will say, “TEXAS? Nope…not going.” But my friend Marilee (who introduced me to your books) and I will come.
“And books, I guess” hahahahah Good luck! sounds amazing
With a glass of wine, I usually have crackers and cheese, or small sandwiches. I don’t know if bagels are a thing in Texas, but coffee, bagels and cream cheese are easy to eat while you’re eating. (You hold the book in hand and reach for the bagel with the other hand. That way you can eat without having to stop reading.)
Oh, just THE BEST OF LUCK! IT will end up WONDERFUL! You’ll see!
PS-please don’t allow any women that called her vagina THE MOOSE to even comment. 😂. I swear it’s a personal affront to womenhood! A man may call his junk this, but a woman? NOOOOO! May need some self esteem classes. Or at least kick it down a notch and call it a DEER LOL 😝!
Something savory that won’t leave greasy marks on the books. Saltines?
Madeleines! They are delicious and not too sweet. For savory, I enjoy cashews or almonds that are flavored, like a general ‘spicy’ or coated in wasabi. Or maybe goldfish crackers? Excited for you!
I would love to help paint. I think you should have 80’s throwback candy.
So, how do I apply to work there? I have lots of book purchasing experience from working in a public library, and also lots of story time experience from public libraries! I live in Canada but I could convince my husband to relocate! 😀
Congrats! Pretzels! They’re a little crummy but go with ‘bar’ and make everyone thirsty, which also goes well with ‘bar’…
It won’t just be okay, it will be FANTABULOUS! You’re doing something amazing, sogive yourself lots of pats on the back.
I’d like to add two suggestions: provide some sort of beverage for people who don’t drink, and make sure you have automatic door opener button thingies for the door.
Here’s a couple artist suggestions for your mural, you can look up their work on instagram: faunwood and taramcpherson. They have different styles, but they both do a combo of creepy/cute that might work for your shop.
Chex mix. Extra peanuts.
It’s gonna be GREAT!!!! Don’t worry 😀 I love the logo and sign so much! And I like pastries and treats while I sit in a bookstore to read and have tea 😛
I’m sure this comment will get lost in the hordes but you should have a twist on those angel wings murals that are so hot right now. Maybe raven wings? Or Beyonce’s wings?
This is so exciting and awesome! Now I will need to make a pilgrimage down to Texas once it is done.
If your accessible bathrooms end up being single user bathrooms, would you consider marking them as gender inclusive or using non gendered signage?
Congratulations!!!! This is so exciting!!! I can’t wait to see it! And I live in DFW, but might be willing to come down to help (I’m not artistic, but I can paint regular walls).
There’s a bar in the arts district in Canton, Ohio with a giant octopus coming out of/climbing the side along with a killer (ha) mural. I posted the link below but if it doesn’t work you could search GIANT DANG OCTOPUS ON BAR ROOF IN CANTON OHIO and it’ll totally come up. Anyway. There are a crap ton of great art things happening up here. Might be a mural artist that wants a roadtrip or, if nothing else, the pics will offer some inspiration. Side note: This part of Canton has a brewery and a bunch of super cool bars and restaurants that are weird and they’ve made it legal to walk a few blocks of this area WITH YOUR BEER. Heaven.
I feel like you would like something from Adam Wallacavage adamwallacavage.bigcartel.com
Cheese. You need to have cheese if you have (decent) wine. Accompaniments are nice too. BTW I would LOVE to paint a mural; that would be such fun. Check me out at http://www.jessmunroart.com. What would you want in your mural?
Potato Chips, Cheese, and Olives! (with the wine – not for the mural)
I like cheese and triscuits with my wine! Wish I lived closer, but if I make it to that neck of the woods the Nowhere Bookshop will absolutely be tops on my list of things-to-see!
I am so happy that your dream is coming true! I love San Antonio and can’t wait to take another trip there just to see your Nowhere Bookstore and Bar. Will there be a cat cafe also?
I’m happy to be part of this family! xo
I HAVE A BIG IDEA.
This is something I’ve thought of with bookstores/cafe/bar places.
In your little cafe, offer a ‘Tasting Menu’ – but it’s not nibbles or flights of wine. It’s the first chapter of books. For example, you can have a couple of classics that are always on the menu, like Moby Dick. Which no one reads but maybe reading the first chapter will make me feel I made an effort.
You could change it up every month according to season (Horror for October, family disfunction for the holidays). You could also feature women authors, POC, and new authors.
It would also give folks something new to read that they may not necessarily have bought, had they not been introduced to the author in such an easy way. And it’s okay that the chapters get a little beat up (and not a new book people are just reading and may not buy). So like the library but you pay a buck for a chapter, drink some wine, and maybe meet a new awesome author!
And from a marketing standpoint, you will get a good idea of what folks are interested in: what chapters are most popular, which genres are working best for the Menu, etc.
Please do this!
I could literally walk to your new location, but I won’t because that’s crazy talk in Texas these days. But count me in on paint by numbers. Let me know how I can help: LisaMMOwens@gmail.com I CAN’T WAIT for you to get this open – very very excited!
Cheese straws, like these: http://www.mamageraldines.com/ Is your bookstore haunted? That would make it even cooler. Congratulations!
I’m going to the Crush street art festival in Denver tomorrow. How could I send you artists’ work? Twitter?
Jenny – the mural must be a drawing of yours!! And, I will mos def help you color it (I’m in Seguin, so I got your back!)! And, I’m taking a nauseating leap here, but I create funky, weird colorable bookmarks on cool paper stock (hot press watercolor paper, kraft cardstock)-maybe there’s a place for what my partner affectionately calls “artisanal hipster coloring?” Prolly too soon to ask, but if you’re looking for wonky local artist offerings for your bookshop, I’d love to show you what I make:)
I’ve been to San Antonio once for a weekend of the International Accordion Festival, many years ago. I loved it then. My son is a huge NBA fan, and would love to see the Spurs in their home city. I am DEFINITELY feeling a visit in the not-too-distant future! Best wishes on this huge, exciting, destined to be a successful venture.
There’s even a song about your bookstore: The Road to Nowhere (talking heads). I plan on taking this road from Alabama to visit you when all is prepared and the books are in place plus drinks and snacks and everything else plus some dolls. I cant wait!
Jenny – you must make the mural one of your drawings!! I will mos def help you color it (I’m in Seguin, so I’ve got your back!)! And, I’m going to take a nauseating leap here, but I create hand drawn colorable bookmarks on unique paper stock (hot press watercolor paper, kraft cardstock), what my partner affectionately calls “artisanal hipster coloring.” Perhaps there’s a place on your bookstore’s shelves for such things? It’s prolly too soon to ask, but I’d love to show you what I make, when the time is right:)
CHEESE! Really good cheese and good bread. That’s what I want with wine and a good book. Maybe some spiced nuts or fruit to go with the bread and cheese.
I live in ATX and I will be there to paint tentacles! My brother also lives in ATX and he’s a very bizarre artist and author. Check out his stuff at http://www.lancefever.com – maybe he could help, too!
Pie! And cheese. Also I read tentacles as testicles and was really curious exactly what kind of mural you’d be putting up… 🤣
So first of all, I thought I read “testicles” at first, and thought, “Well, that’s not what I expected…” Then I re-read “tentacles” and that made sense. And secondly, let me just shout, “CHEESE BOARD” and/or, “CHARCUTERIE BOARD”. Those are the PERFECT pairings with wine! I’m definitely going to have to take a drive down to SA when you open! Congratulations! xoxo
Whooohooo!! So glad I’m close-ish! I can’t wait to visit!!!!
This is so exciting.
Maybe you could partner with a local bakery to serve pastries and savory scones that don’t need refrigeration or heating up. A lot of places around here do that. Hummus and chips, cheese and crackers, that sort of nibbly stuff is always good to have when you’re sitting there reading. Stay away from popcorn and peanuts because they’re messy and you don’t want to be sweeping all the time.
I can’t wait to take a trip from Philly to visit the store! It’s going to be amazing!
Second, thoughts on food: If it’s finger food it should be something that won’t stick to your fingers and get the book pages gross. This is especially important in cases where someone is readying a book they haven’t purchased yet. Then again, if you get Cheeto cheese smudges on a book you’re kind of obligated to buy it, so maybe this could actually be a great sales tactic?
If it’s eat-with-a-fork-food it should be something easy to spear, not something you have to cut up or scoop. Like, who wants to stop readying every couple minutes to look at their plate to cut and scoop a piece of pie with their fork to take a bite? I love pie, but if I’m ‘snacking’ while reading I want it to be a bit mindless and not distract me from the book. Maybe serve pie anyway, for those who want a sweet treat to eat before they start reading but please also offer mindless snacking options. Cut up fruit might be a good option, but without grapes because they take at least as much effort to stab with a fork as a pie takes to cut and scoop.
The space sounds amazing and I lol forward to seeing the transformation. I wish I lived even remotely nearby as I would be there helping in a heartbeat. I would love a local bookstore where I could drink wine along with little plates of nibbles – things like cheese, meat, and crackers, olives, nuts, fruit, etc. kind of like charcuterie and antipasto but on small plates (like tapas).
I would come to Texas (from CANADA) just to come here. Amazing news. Please serve Miss Vickies chips. Love, Ardra
I’m so excited for you and your new adventure! Just wanted to wish you all the best of luck!!! (Also, I like eating cheese while I read. Plus if you have cheese in your shop, you could quote Monty Python’s Cheese Shop all the time, and everyone would think it’s perfectly appropriate.)
Congratulations Jenny! You rock, and I can’t wait to visit your bookstore 💙
Do you have a website for Nowhere yet? I’m too far to visit but would LOVE to send you business electronically…..
Congrats! You are an inspiration!
I am SO excited about our new bookstore. Wish I lived closer so I could help paint, Although, come to think of it, I am a really shitty painter so I guess you dodged a bullet there. When i visit, I would very much like a scone to go with my wine slushee.
Congrats! This is awesome. I would say pumpkin bread and blueberry oat bread and Irish soda bread and chocolate chip banana bread(these are the breads I bake but I am in Chicago). Love the popcorn idea too. Excited to see all the updates and plans! You rock!
I used to live near a bar that didn’t have a kitchen, so instead they had take out menus for all the local restaurants and would order delivery for you. You’d just go up to the counter and order from the bar tender, who would call it in and then your food would be delivered to the bar. It was kind of the best solution ever. Maybe something like that could work for Nowhere.
Wonderful news! Congrats. As for food…two words…soft. pretzels. You could have both sweet and savory versions and all the carbs would soak up the booze. Win, win! 😀
Dips with crackers and chips and crudite! And now I want to move to San Antonio just to be the Norm at your book bar!!!