There are so many things I am looking forward to in our new space at 24 Farnsworth Street: enhanced services for congregations, a more welcoming and accessible space, the Heritage and Vision Center.
I’m also excited that we will have a new brand-new space for our UUA Bookstore. This is an opportunity for us to branch out and begin to include other kinds of merchandise in our Bookstore, as well as providing a welcoming place where visitors can learn more about our movement.
For more details, I’ve asked Rose Hanig, our Bookstore Manager, to tell us more about what she’s looking forward to in the new building.
After 15 years managing your UUA Bookstore just off the lobby in our 25 Beacon Street headquarters, I’m excited about the possibilities of the new Bookstore space at 24 Farnsworth St. For those of you who have visited our 25 Beacon store, some things will seem familiar. At our new space, we will still be located just inside the main entrance adjacent to the welcoming area for visitors in the lobby. We will still be selling many wonderful titles about Unitarian Universalism from Skinner House Books. You’ll still be able to find superb publications from Beacon Press. There will still be excellent titles from other publishers that I’ve selected with you in mind. And our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be ready to help you select books and gifts when you come in—just as they always have.
But there will be changes, too.
Our inventory is expanding to include new items of beauty produced by companies we believe in. I’m incredibly excited about the unique jewelry made by Mayan women in Guatemala who work in clean, safe conditions and earn fair wages. We’ve found several companies that produce vibrant and fun products—key chains, cups, and jewelry—made from sustainable materials. I can’t wait to show them to you.
We are also upgrading our inventory of Standing on the Side of Love and UUA identity merchandise. You’ll be able to shop for new t-shirts, tote bags, and even onesies for babies. We will also be selling many of these items at our UUA Bookstore booth in the exhibit hall at General Assembly in Providence this year, so please be sure to visit us while you are there.
And one thing will never change. We remain steadfast in our commitment to offer merchandise that is produced in accordance with our UU values of equity and compassion for workers and respect for the environment.
I look forward to seeing you in our brand new store this Spring.