First we should say that we're often surprised that many don't already know of the connection between Village Books and Paper Dreams—not the literal doorway, the fact that we're the same company. "When did you buy Paper Dreams," Dee and I are often asked. Jaws drop when we tell them that we founded Paper Dreams in 1982, with the help of long-time manager JoAnne Hanesworth. Recently we've begun to integrate the two stores a bit more, though we intend that each will retain some of its separate identity. One symbolic move was the creation of a new logo that combines elements from the logos of both stores. We'll continue to use each of the individual logos, but will also use this one when appropriate.
So, now to seismic section shifts. We didn't have an earthquake, but it may feel that way to you with many sections of the store shifted around. The biggest changes have been:
1.) a move of the cooking section to the south wall of the Paper Dreams part of the store. We did that to make the section more accessible to more folks who are interested in the culinary arts—after all, that area opens up into Drizzle, our favorite place to buy olive oil. We also have a lot of gifts and gadgets for the cooks in your life, now integrated with those cookbooks.
2.) travel books traveled (so to speak) to the area vacated by cooking. We've enlarged our offerings of travel accessories and will continue to add to that section.
3.) we've expanded the humor section and relocated it where travel accessories used to be.
4.) books of and about games have also moved to that area and have been joined by games from Paper Dreams.
5.) the area toward the back of the Readings Gallery has become a special SALE area for marked-down books as well as gift items.
6.) we've created a special section for autographed books at the edge of the Readings Gallery (take a look, there are some treasures here).
We're still in the midst of tweaking and rearranging, so please bear with us. We promise a map, once we get some more sections settled. Thanks for your patience and enjoy your new discoveries.