Otis and Gus-Gus Show – February 26th 2019

Hello people, Gus-Gus back again.  I realized I did not fully introduce myself in my last post.  Well, I’m the youngest resident of The Tibbetts House, I just turned 5 years old back in November.  Mom and Dad say I’m a Beagle and Jack Russel mixed dog. Not total sure what that means but that’s how mom and dad describe my background.  I like to play fetch, wrestle with my toys and cuddle.  I also like to keep tabs on what is happening around The Tibbetts House.

Well Otis is growling at me right now cause he wants to write about our trip to Metropolis, IL.  I told him he could do that after I was done with my weekly post. It was a super cool trip and a long car ride for us. Which is always a little scary for me but we got to stay at an awesome Bed and Breakfast, The Riverview Mansion. Alright, Otis I will stop telling them about it so you can, I’m going to remind you to later. Anyway on to the important stuff of our up coming book club that I’m super excited for, cause that means you all come to visit. I want to make sure I tell you all about me and Otis’ favorite walking path through Highland.  Then since I love food so much I’m going to finish by talking about some of my favorite breakfast foods.

The Book Club

So, the Book Club is coming up this Saturday.  Mom says it looks like we should have a good turn out.  I really can’t wait to see what book they pick. I’m hoping mom will read it to me, she use to read to us when I was little and the kids were still at home. I like the stories that have horse riding in them or the ones about kids, like The Series of Unfortunate Events.  That was a long series but I liked hearing about the kids.  So I’m really excite to see the people and to see what they pick for a book.

Around Highland

So, here is a picture of Otis and I out on our favorite route through Highland.  We like to start by going straight down Walnut street that way we get to smell the Peacock Bakery’s awesome food as we start up the street. Then we go left or as dad says “left turn Clyde,” that’s what he tells us when he wants us to turn that way.  Next we go past the Lory Theater which has that amazing popcorn smell.  I know mom and dad take us this way to see what’s playing.  Mom says next week Captain Marvel will be out and she is determined to go.  After that we head down to the town square. We love to wander through the park and we get good smells from the cupcake place, I think its Patty Cakes. Then I can get my fill of chocolate smells from our friend Jen’s shop, The Chocolate Affair.  I know I should not like chocolate but it is my weakness.  Once we have done a lap or two of the park we usually head towards the 9th Street Cafe which is a wonderful smell to have after an outing just before we head back home.  Some days we go further like past the pizza places on Broadway and then to the library. I only know about the library cause dad and mom love to talk about books and mention it a lot.

Mom’s Breakfasts

Mentioning books makes me think about the books mom pulls out that tell her how to make yummy foods like the breakfast’s.  Sometimes she does not use the books but sometimes she has to.  One thing she looks in a book for is the apple french toast thing she makes for the guest, I add a picture.  I love this one cause mom gives me the scrap apples and it smells so yummy when it’s in the oven, so that I like to sit in the kitchen and smell it the entire time.  That and she usually makes bacon and sausage with it.  Another thing she makes that is really good is over easy eggs. I know these cause she gives me and Otis over easy eggs a couple times a week.  Then there is the human biscuits she makes, they are too soft for me but they taste really good so I will not turn down a piece of one.

Next week I’ll tell you all how the book club went and what book they chose to go with.  Then I can tell you about some of the other things mom is working on. I might be able to get one of her recipes to share with you all.  Let me know in the comments if there is anything else you want to know about The Tibbetts House.  I’m always glad to share.

 

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.