Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exciting Announcements and Updates

You know about the upcoming bookstore, Harbor BOOKS & Gifts. That's looking like mid-September for the Grand Opening (Sept. 16) and Harbor House Anniversary Open House (celebrating a year in business and 100 years for the house that was built in 1917).

Right after that we'll be starting up our fall workshop series which will include re-offering Ruth's praised "Everybody's Got a Story" Memoir Workshop and my informative "What Publishing Path is Right for You?" seminar as well as our "Five Keys to Successful College Papers" for the new school year. We're also looking forward to bringing in world-renowned speaker-teacher-author Gideon For-mukwai for his "The Art and Science of Story-selling" presentation. And then there's this (which you will NOT want to miss):

Finally, look for our newly revamped website/blog on September 9.
Fall Hours: Fri./Sat. noon-8 p.m.; Sun./Mon. 2-6 p.m.; Closed Tue.-Thur.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Coming Late Summer 2017: Harbor BOOKS & Gifts

I keep thinking I'm crazy and I hope it works. The plan is to open a bookstore in the Twin Harbor area.

There really isn't a bookstore on the harbor, though a few places carry books, and a lot of people keep lamenting the fact. So, we're hoping to fill a niche.

Our first 300+ books came in earlier this week and we brought in another 100 yesterday, but we're going to need a lot more. We've also begun to slowly remodel now that we have a plan (right).

It's going to take us most of the summer to ramp up to an opening as there is much to do. We're HOPING for a soft opening by August sometime and no later than Sept. 5.

We're planning to carry and feature:

Select, bestselling, popular fiction; new books and gently used; books by local authors; and a good lineup of Christian books as well as art books and art supplies and gifts (for readers, writers and visitors).


May the Fourth Be With You

Greetings and salutations! Here's the newest information from Harbor House:

Please note that we are currently closed for drop-in times and are meeting clients ONLY by appointment only through May 12.

STAR WARS and literary geeks came on by on May the 4th for reading from William Shakespeare's STAR WARS: Verily, a New Hope by Portland Oregon's Ian Doescher. (It really is quite amusing.) We had a brief negotiation with our lightsabers, ate death star cookies, and watched some relative media. In other words we had a blast.

Beginning May 15, we'll be back to our regular winter/spring daily operating hours of 9 a.m. until noon. That's Monday through Friday; we're closed weekends. There will be no workshops in May.

Monday, May 15th is our monthly (third Monday of the month) WRITERS' FELLOWSHIP meeting. We begin at 6 p.m. and finish at 8 p.m. All writers are welcome. This is NOT a critique group, but we do share our work and talk about the craft.

We will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

SUMMER HOURS: begin Tuesday, May 30 and run through Thursday, August 31. Hours TBA; open Monday through Thursday; closed Friday through Sunday except for announced workshops (which we are currently working on for June). It's always best to follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information and last minute closures.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Whole Kitten-Kaboodle

Did you know there's a cat at Harbor House? 

It's quite aloof, but, on rare occasions, has shown herself just to tease. Penny is her name. She does not respond to the name. She is, after all, a cat--a cat that doesn't like strangers.

Penny likes to sniff the bookshelves, but she doesn't really like books. She has never been seen reading. (But then you see what that cat, upper left, is reading? Reading can be dangerous, so maybe that's a good thing.)

The Cat's Outta the Bag

If you saw our previous post you know we intend to open a retail bookstore at Harbor House. We are still in the planning and assessment process. In other words: a feasibility study. Nothing is yet set in stone, but we'll know for sure sometime in June with an eye to open in August. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Cat Napping

Meanwhile, we're working on other changes and improvements. This means that there will be times that we'll be closed for business. The best place to stay up on that is through our Facebook page. However, here are our currently forecast closures:

  • Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
  • Friday, April 7 through Monday, April 17
  • Friday June 16 through Sunday, June 18

The Cat's Pajamas

Here are some exciting events that ARE happening over the course of the next few months:

  • Sunday, April 2: The premiere of  the locally made DOGumentary film A Chance of Sunshine, 3-5 p.m. at Harbor House.
  • Monday, April 17: Writers' Fellowship meeting, 6-8 p.m.
  • Monday, May 15: Writers' Fellowship meeting, 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20: Spring Quarter Reading Salon and Book Fair, time TBA

And that's all the mews...uh, news, that's fit to print. For now. Here kitty-kitty.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Here's That Reveal We Promised

In a word: BOOKSTORE.

We're currently doing a feasibility assessment and making a business plan. We're hoping to carry select new books and some used.

Since we can't carry it all (and it wouldn't be prudent to try), we'll specialize in local interest and authors, books for writers, a few special interest subjects and some popular titles.

We'll also carry an array of gift items for writers, readers and tourists.

We're looking at a late June or early July opening. Stay posted for more info and other changes at hand.

Monday, February 27, 2017

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ― George Bernard Shaw

We are pleased to announce some exciting revisions coming to Harbor House. we're announcing them, but not exactly spilling the beans...yet. 

We CAN say this: We've taken a good, hard look at our business and decided to make changes that will enable us to better connect with a more specific, targeted clientele. Rather than a shotgun approach to the author/writer market at large we will be focusing on a niche market as well as appealing to a broader public.

"How's that?" Hmmm. How do I let you in without giving away too much? 

Well, I've already hinted at our marketing focus--that it will be more specific. Now, that "broader public" thing is another avenue. The two will be separate branches of our business and yet work together symbiotically. Complementary. It's so exciting I'm bursting to tell you, but I'm not going to. Suffice it to say, this is something a lot of us (especially those of us on the Harbor) have been waiting for!

Note that these changes will allow us to hereafter offer our comfy drop-in space (with free wifi) free of charge. That's right, no more daily use fees! Wow! (But we'll still be offering low-priced, high-quality seminars, workshops, classes, discussions and more. And we'll still have free public readings, writers' fellowship meetings, book clubs and more.)

Finally, there's a third area of business we've pretty much neglected up to this point that will certainly be helpful to many.

All this will break June 1, 2017. 

Meanwhile, we'll be getting all of our ducks in a row as we prepare over the next three months, take a week's vacation in mid-April, and then finish the final touches by mid-June (we hope) when we'll do the big reveal. Unfortunately, that means we'll be scaling back temporarily while we focus our energies on making the new us.

One more little hint: The reason we're scaling back for a bit is because the changes will require time and effort to do some remodeling, revamp our website and printed materials, create our new marketing campaign, and a few other surprises.

So, stay tuned and stay with us. And watch our Facebook page for up-to-date closures and hours of operation.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What's Up, Doc? Happenings at Harbor House

Here's what's happening at Harbor House:

Saturday, January 14, 7-8:30 p.m.: WINTER SALON READINGS by local authors, poets, writers. Writer-readers welcome to read from their work. Public welcome to listen. Light refreshments served. FREE!

Monday, January 16, 6-8 p.m.: WRITERS' FELLOWSHIP for all local writers who want to share, fellowship and encourage one another. NOT a critique group. Third Monday of each month. Light refreshments served. FREE!


Saturday, January 21, 1-3 p.m.: WRITING the MOUNTAIN MAN with author and renaissance man, Andy R. Bunch., $32, advance registration required.

Saturday, February 4, 10-11:30 a.m.: 5 SECRETS to WRITING SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE PAPERS with Greg and Ruth Zschomler, MFA. $10

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of instruction and exercises) Everybody has a Story MEMOIR WORKSHOP with Ruth Zschomler, MFA. $50, includes lunch. Reservations required.