Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bookstore Special Announcement, August 11, 2015

We sent this message to our mailing address on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hi ,

You are receiving this monthly newsletter because you have signed up for it. We appreciate your support of this ministry-which-is-the-store.

For almost 25 years now, we have been blessed to own a business that hardly ever feels like work, because we have believed it to be more of a ministry. But we must have done something right, since this bookstore-as-ministry has provided our staff a living wage, a comfortable living for us – more than we ever could have imagined when we purchased the business – and still see a profit at year’s end.

Now that we’re intent on retiring in order to spend the precious time we have left with friends and family, we had hoped to find someone to take over the business “as is.” This continues to be an option. But the amount of money required to do so (according to a professional business valuation) has been an obstacle for a number of faithfully loyal and interested parties.

As a result, we have broadened our thinking to make things easier, deciding to split the business into two parts: (1) the retail storefront (our bricks and mortar store), and (2) the website store. Not only will this provide the prospective buyer a more accessible and affordable entry, it will also allow each new owner to imagine new possibilities for each part of the business and grow it to new heights.

Our friends at the Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates have already developed some strategies that would find each branch to be self-supporting. Please contact them for more information by calling (904) 277-2664 or sending an email to

Please help us to retire by passing this message on to anyone that might be interested or to someone else who might know someone who would be interested.  Our message needs to reach that fertile soil. (Matt. 13)
Prayers are always welcome.

Thank you for your support of this ministry-which-is-the-store. We know that where you choose to spend your money makes a difference to the community and the world.

Blessings and peace,
Episcopal Bookstore, Seattle

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