Take us through your typical day here at Shakespeare & Co.?
The team usually starts with a big coffee in the café next door to prepare! Shakespeare & Co is open at 10am until 11pm every day of the week, and for most of the year. It was only recently that Christmas and May 1st have actually been closed. Having the Tumbleweeds here it seemed normal to keep the shop constantly open, but everyone needs a break from time to time.
Around 9:45am we start opening up the shutters, taking out trolleys, arranging the book displays, putting out the awnings if we’ve got the lovely Paris spring rain. Once everything is out, the Tumbleweeds and the staff meet together at the front of the shop and work out the day’s schedule.
Normally people start coming in bang on 10am, so it’s always busy.
There’s always at least one person floating around asking if people need help but we try not to be too intrusive in that respect.
In the afternoon it can really explode, and that’s when there’s an overlap of the day and night team. This is when we’d have meetings if needsbe.
We see what’s low on stock and bring books from our stock room or help Ben our rare book dealer in the antiquarian. We have the most amazing book buyer, Linda Fallon - one of the longest serving Shakespeare & Company team members - who has the most impeccable taste and will literally go to the ends of the earth to find beautiful editions.
A good mix is really important, we never want to be one of those bookshops that only sell high-brow pretentious books.
We acknowledge that we have a really wide spectrum of readers and Linda knows exactly what we will need. She’s a one-woman team which is quite incredible when you see our stock and the quality of it.