Sunday, September 30, 2012
When she saw the story about a cat and a book store for sale in Fulton, Danielle Warren knew it was exactly what she had been looking for.
Warren and her husband, Brian, had recently moved to Jefferson City from the state of California and they knew they wanted to run their own business, they just weren’t sure exactly what kind of business.
“Then I came across the article, and I jokingly said, ‘Here’s our business.’ It was my way of getting a fourth cat,” Warren said. “I make cat gifts and sell them on etsy, and he’s an avid reader and aspiring writer, so it seemed like a good fit.
“The more we talked about it and visited, the better the idea seemed.”
And thus, Jinx Books and Jinx Junior the cat found a new owner. The Warrens will close the store for the next several weeks to do some decorating and take stock of inventory, and will re-open on Oct. 12 as Well Read.
With a background in design, Danielle Warren said she is looking forward to giving the store a bit of a makeover.
“For me, the challenge is to breathe some new life and refresh the place,” Warren said. “We’re going to put in new carpet and paint, we’re going to create a kids’ room with children’s and teens’ books and a table and some chairs, I want to intersperse some seating in the shelves and we’re going to make a lounge upstairs.
“I want to make it more of a place where people can linger and hang out.”
She said Well Read also will feature some of her cat products, book-related gifts and eventually a few children’s toys as well.
In terms of the collection, Brian Warren added that, “we’re going to carry a lot more new books so people can come here for bestsellers and new releases as well.”
He said he is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the book store and making it their own.
“I’m excited about the idea of building a business. We have the inventory and a shell of a store to work with, I’m interested in seeing what we can do with it,” Brian Warren said.