I got the sad news this weekend that Easy Going Travel Shop and Bookstore in Berkeley, CA will be closing their brick-and-mortar location on Feb 15, 2005.
As I told Thelma, the owner, the last time I was there, it feels like I’ve grown up in their store. I met Thelma, Julie, Michael, and Laura (their event coordinator before Audrey) ten years ago when I signed on with Travelers’ Tales. Back then I was setting up and attending the events from the audience side. The growing up part was becoming one of their yearly readers on the stage side of the chairs.
Though I seemed to be changing every year, my Easy Going friends were ageless to me. Every time I visited the Berkeley store Julie and/or Michael would tell me which country they’d just got back from, or which road trip they were headed on next. I was always greeted like family, and it was a happy occasion to have a Travelers’ Tales event in their store.
But they’ve had enough people saying sorry, as Michael told me, it gets old. And they’re a little worn down from all the sadness. I’ll be at the Feb 14 party to celebrate all our good times. I don’t know if the party is public or private, but if you know them, give a call and find out. It’d be great if we could thank them all in style.
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If you have any travel book needs in the coming months, please buy them from their website. And if I get any more info on what their needs are, I’ll pass them on.
And here’s one more pic of when I was there to kick off the Sand in My Bra tour. Unfortunately, I can’t find the picture of our pink car in front of their store… I’ll keep looking!