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Apr 17Liked by Shawn Smucker

Aaaand here’s me crying over that conclusion. What a beautiful and important new adventure.

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You're the best, Beka.

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Apr 17Liked by Shawn Smucker

Congratulations, Shawn and Maile!! I can't wait to visit and welcome you to the neighborhood!

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Thanks, Lauren!

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Apr 18Liked by Shawn Smucker

I don’t know that I’ve ever been more giddy for a total stranger. I live on the opposite side of the country but should I ever find myself in PA I will go out of my way to visit! Cheering you on in this grand adventure, the risk, the dream, all of it!

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You’re so kind, Ashlee! Thank you!

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Apr 17·edited Apr 17Liked by Shawn Smucker

I'M SO STINKING EXCITED FOR Y'ALL! Sorry to write in all-caps, but this is worth it... I love this so, so much!

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I so, so hope you will come up sometime and do a little bookstore event with us! So much fun. Thanks for your excitement :)

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Tate's in college not too far from you guys (relatively speaking... compared to Texas, anyway) — maybe we can "swing by" the next time we visit her!

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Yay for taking risks! Yay for owning a bookstore (this makes perfect since to me from my POV)! Yay for bookstores with CHEESE in the front! Yay for Lisa-Jo Baker! All good things! So happy for you and Maile! One more reason to visit Lancaster…

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My husband and I took over a restaurant several years ago. Sadly, it did not work out for us in the long term (books are a better financial investment, so don’t be discouraged!). Even with a less than ideal outcome, we have no regrets. It would have been harder to live with the question of “but what if we had just done it when we had the chance?”. Not very many people get to “live their dream” before 40 and we count ourselves fortunate to have had the experience… most days. ;) Praying for many years of flourishing for you!

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I hear you, Jayna. There's no way to know how things will work out, right?

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Right. But it’s an adventure and I have a feeling it’s a “yes” you’ll never regret. Best wishes!

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Wow! Talk about living the dream. I’m so happy for you. I hope I get a chance to visit someday.

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Me, too, Karen!

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Congratulations. So truly wonderful! Thanks for sharing your story.

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Thanks, Matt.

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So happy for you! Can't wait to see what you do with this "yes."

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Apr 17Liked by Shawn Smucker

Congratulations! That is so exciting! I took have dreamed of owning a bookstore! Lancaster is only a couple hours from me so maybe I can visit sometime. Gina

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Come visit!

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This is wonderful! Best wishes on your new venture. Your memory of growing up as a book lover on a farm and reading with a flashlight at night totally connected with me!

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Congratulations!!! I am so thrilled that you guys did it. Sitting alone in my own store today, with a whopping $6 sale under my belt to show for my pains, this gives me so much hope. There ARE people out there who love books as much as my husband and I do, and we can and will find them in this community, Lord willing. I don't say this to discourage you, but there will be bad days. Just keep remembering WHY you did this in the first place: your love of books, your love of people, your love of the magic when the right book meets the right person. God bless you in this endeavor, and I will be eagerly anticipating any updates you care to post about this amazing new venture!

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Thanks, Aria!

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Apr 24Liked by Shawn Smucker

This is wonderful! I cried! We moved here about a year ago and I stumbled upon Nooks on IG because my daughter and I are big readers. We hadn't had the chance to check out their new location because life had gotten so busy. I was devastated when I heard it was closing. I tell my husband each time we pass by on our way to Central Market how I envisioned one day taking my daughter and possible future babies to that beautifully curated shop. This gives me so much hope. Thank you for taking a risk in a world where small shops are struggling to bring the world of make believe and imagination to our youth. We will be by to visit once you open. I'm not missing my chance this time.

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Yay! So glad to hear it, Amanda.

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Apr 23Liked by Shawn Smucker

Well, that's fun! Congratulations on living your dream!

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Thanks, Crista!

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Apr 22Liked by Shawn Smucker

Wonderful. Will you be connected to Bookshop.org? I buy books via their site as it allows me to select an indie bookstore who then receives a donation amount from my purchase. I would love to be able to select Nooks to be on my list of Indies. Thank you and all good wishes.

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Apr 22Liked by Shawn Smucker

Wishing you the very best - let this be where your dharma will flourish!

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Thanks, Tessa!

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Apr 22Liked by Shawn Smucker

Hurrah for this next season and all the good and the crazy that will come with it! You have made me smile, remembering my childhood reading escapes and love of the library. God bless you both!

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