Stax Discount Books is 3 months old. We are starting to recognize faces and sounds and while lying on our stomach we are able to raise our head and look around. In other words, we are starting to figure out who we are as a store and where we want to go in the future. As with most things in life, our plans have had to change and shift but owning this store has been a huge learning experience for me. I continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone and get things done despite not knowing what I’m doing.
I don’t get to be in the store as often as I’d like because I’m still working full time. My favorite parts of working in Stax are when someone asks me for a recommendation and I know the perfect book to suggest, when little kids come into the store and are excited about getting a book, and when I talk to the people who are just like me and are buying books even though they have a stack at home. I get such a thrill!
Books shouldn’t be a luxury. Kids should be able to have books of their own that they know are theirs and they don’t have to return. This is part of the reason we discount the books. I mean, there’s the whole business side of it where we want to be competitive and make money but there’s also the part where we know that the cost of books can be quite prohibitive and we want to help where we can.
As Stax grows and we learn more and more about our customers, we will change and adapt to meet our customer’s needs. We never get tired of hearing that people are happy to have a bookstore in Marlborough. People are still discovering us so tell all of your friends and family. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. And remember that while you are waiting for your table at Longhorn, the pager works at Stax!
Until next time,
Tracey and Mike