For several months now people have asked why do we want to open the bed, breakfast, and bookstore. I often do things because something in my gut or some higher power tells me that it’s the right thing to do. If you had asked me six months ago that would have been my answer and to some degree it is still part of my why, but it is so much more than that now.
In the Air Force when I would brief about staying out of trouble and doing the right thing I would always ask the troops to look at their why. Why did they come in the service? Why do they do what they do everyday? Is it for your mother, your father, a sibling, a better life, or your sweetheart? I know my why while I have been in the service had always been my family, my country, my god, and my unit. I did what I did for them. To make them safe, proud, and happy.
So I asked they to remember their why whenever they came across a hard decision or some thing that would change or affect that why. If you made that choice could you explain it to your mother why you did and would she understand or condone it. If you could not tell her to her face why you made a Choice then you should not be doing it. Looking back at this I realized that I enjoy serving, not just in the military but I enjoy serving people. I also enjoy talking to the troops and learning about there life stories and where they came from. You could tell that listening and sharing helped to build connections with these young individuals who were just starting to adjust to being away from home.
So now as I look at the path I have traveled and the things I have enjoyed I have realized why I love the bed, breakfast, and bookstore and why I’m doing this. I’m doing this because I love to serve people and hear their stories. I get to serve them by listening to them and connecting with them. I get to serve them through a relaxing stay and delicious home cooked breakfast. And every life has a unique story just like every book I pick up.
Well its been 100 Days since we opened the doors as The Tibbetts House: Bed, Breakfast, and Books. On August 2, 2017 we opened the doors with a just over 1,000 books in stock and one functional room, 221 B Baker street. With in two weeks we could no longer pay people for the books they were bringing, we had not planned on books coming in so fast. At three weeks we were finally able to open the West Egg with its newly renovated bath room featuring a comfy whirlpool tub. At the same time we opened The Loop, but it was still light on the decor. During the first month we hosted eight guests and the bookstore was overflowing with books. We had received great initial reviews and Highland as a whole seemed quite happy the the Bed and Breakfast was staying and that a bookstore was in town.
During our second month we started off with our ribbon cutting and open house on September 6th. For four hours we did continuous tours through the house. We hosted four guests during the month and the bookstores profits doubled, but were still in the red. Most of the bookstores success was attributed to a week long sale where the books were half off. The Tibbetts House had been featured in four news papers and we had put out ads in two others which aided in the bookstores success.
During our third month of operation we hosted seven guests and participated in the local trick or treat trail. We received our first three start review and it include some things we needed to fix and it pushed us to change The Loop from a full size bed to a queen size. We also learned a valuable lesson in sticking to the the business rules we set. For one we should not accepted reservations with less than 24 hours notice, this caused us not to check everything out as well as it should have been. Two, we always do payments when people arrive as breakfast is already bought and usually already partially prepared. Not doing this made it seem like there was a chance for a discount when breakfast is skipped at last minute. The feed back was all very useful and we were able to improve things for the future.
During the last 10 days of first 100 days in operation we have expanded into selling games and consigning local authors books in the bookstore. For the games we are specifically focusing on Looney Labs games like Flux, Just Desserts, Pyramid Arcade, and Tree House Pyramids at this time and may expand into other companies later. We want all games we carry to be things that are fun for the whole family to play but also able to be taken any where. The Tibbetts House Co is finishing our first 100 days holding our second sale which is our first annual Veterans Day Sale.