Otis and Gus-Gus Show – 24 March 2019

Hello people, Gus-Gus here again finally. Mom got this new toy called a cricut and she has not been sharing her computer with us. So I had to explain to her the importance of what I was doing here. I’m trying to keep people informed on what we have going on, and we got a lot going on. To start with there is the Book club and what book we chose to go with.  Then there is the changes to the third room of the book store. Oh and the Murder mystery dinners that mom and dad are starting.

The Book Club

Well the book club did not have as many people show up as I had hoped. We had one person so mom and I sat and discussed different books with her.  Then we picked The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Dad says this is classic Sci-fi, I don’t care I’m enjoying mom reading it to me. We are just getting into and it’s very exciting and interesting.  I’m not sure what some of the creatures are, mom says they are just different aliens, I still don’t know what that is. But what they say is still very funny. I’m hoping more people come to the next book club meeting I want to hear what they thought of the book.

The third room of the bookstore

We are moving things around in the house. The couch that has been with us for a very long time and was sitting in the third room of the bookstore has been moved out. Dad says he can now pull out the last of the overstocked books he has on hand.  He also says once the book sale this month is over they are going to change that room into a consignment shop. It will have a lot of moms crafts that she has been working on with that cricut thing.

There will also be some of dad’s re-purposed wood signs. I know there were other things they mentioned but so many people come in the bookstore these days I have trouble listening and greeting people.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Okay so this is super cool.  Mom and dad did a dry run with some close friends to help figure out cost, flow of events, and meal options.  All the people came dressed up and had a character to play with a book that told them things about the character.  There was 4 rounds of food. I know I got some chips from the first round, mom says she is going to change that round.

I did not get any of the green stuff from the second round. But some of the rice from the third round made it to me. And mom dropped some raisin she tried to get to before me but I’m super fast. They was all laughing and having a good time.  Mom says she will start selling tickets on Wednesday for the next one which will be April 13th. I can’t wait to see the new costume’s and the food changes.

Well that’s all the new stuff we got going on here.  Next week I’ll let you know if dad made his goal to sale 1,000 books in March, he is almost to 800 so it’s getting close. I’m also going to get mom’s grapefruit cake recipe. Until next week I hope to see you in the book shop.

Otis Bartholomew Casto

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Otis – The Bookstore manager

Otis Bartholomew Casto was born in 2007. His exact birthday is unknown as we adopted him from a dachshund rescue on Aug 8th 2011. We were told that his family had gotten a divorce and living conditions changed to where they could not keep him. We could tell right away the he had never been mistreated or neglected. The rescue had him for about two days where we applied to adopt him and he was very plump and affectionate.

Otis is a pure bred long hair dachshund and at 11 years old he still acts like a puppy. He is affectionately referred to as the book store manager. He loves to sit in the window and greet the customer’s. He also likes to clean the front glass door by continuously licking it. We are not completely sure what the purpose is.

A day for Otis is getting up for breakfast, which is usually frozen berries in oatmeal. Then he prefers to go back to bed until dad gets him up to go work in the bookstore. At which point he goes from greeting customer’s to napping away his day. When Mom arrives home he gets his meatloaf dinner and evening walk. His favorite part of the walk is sniffing every five feet where other dogs have been. On evenings when there are guest he loves to cuddly up next to them and lay limp until they stop petting him at which point he will looking at them, lick their hand or fidget until petting commences again. He never gets more aggressive then a bark at greeting or a nudge to be petted.

Otis also loves playing in the kiddy pool on the back deck in the summer and running through piles of snow in the winter. He loves to roll in the dirt and behaves nicely in the tub after said rollings. He is a teddy bear and loves the kids that come in the bookstore.

100 Days

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.