Friday, 30 November 2012

Getting students involved

My lovely wife Heidi (@HeidiMcEntee) works at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and recently suggested that I involve them with the shop somehow. She very brilliantly asked a colleague of hers in the design dept. to help me with the actual design of the shop. Yesterday I met up with a handful of eager (and freezing) students in the shop to talk them through what I wanted (Me - "Hey guys, so what's up yeah?, Who's down with the kids. Gangnam Style innit? Pokemon?". Them - *What have we walked into?*).
After being so cool and 'down wi it, fo sho' I showed them the shop and what I am looking for. I had some good questions from them, then left them to their own devices for a few hours whilst I hung out with my Best Friend on his 30th Birthday, Mr. Jonathan Coates (@jc_barricades). I did notice in the shop window, where before there was a To Let sign it now read this:

I am no designer so I'm extremely excited to see what they come up with. I'm hoping to use as many of their designs as possible as the shop is all about the community, and what better way to start?

As for the shop itself and where I am, leases are being written and solicitors getting involved so if all is well (please make all be well!) I'll have a shop shortly.

The online shop ( hasn't had any new books uploaded for a few days mainly because:

1. My son has been quite ill
2. I am redecorating and cleaning ready for Christmas
3. I procrastinate quite well

I'll be back adding books daily hopefully later today but if not, Monday.


Monday, 19 November 2012

Welcome to the blog

Come in, come in. It's cold outside. Let me tell you a story about our shop...

Firstly, Hi. My name is Michael. I live in Nuneaton which is pretty much smack bang in the centre of England. It's in the county of Warwickshire where super literary heavyweight Billy Shakespeare heralded from. He was from the southern part of the county though. Nuneaton holds its own treasure in the form of George Eliot.

To cut a long boring story short, I am in the process of opening a bricks and mortar shop in the town centre of Nuneaton. A property has been found and paperwork is being processed. It could be a week or it could be 3 months til i hear word, but it's a start. To mark a start I have opened the shop online, selling second hand books. When the real-life shop opens I'll host a lovely little coffee shop and also sell local trinkets. Throughout the week we'll be hosting acoustic music nights, comedy nights, game days and nights and try our hardest to accommodate as many different clubs as possible.

In the meantime, please visit the website

On here I'll be updating you on the process of the shop, reviewing my favourite books, telling you about Nuneaton news in general and hopefully, spreading the word about The Big Comfy Bookshop.

Please follow us on twitter on @bigcomfybooks and on Facebook, where we have up to the second info on the shop, and also our Book Of The Day (#botd1).