|Maui Children's Bookstore owner Amanda and I.|
1. She owns a bookstore!
Those are rare these days, and I know that's why the masses are rallying around Amanda and her shop. Literacy is so important to development, and it's essential that kids never lose the chance to turn the pages of their favorite books. She shares a storefront with the well-established Maui Thing, and it's been so neat to see that partnership develop. MCB carries a handpicked selection of new books including children’s literary classics and contemporary stories for babies to tweens. I noticed some great renditions of Alice in Wonderland and Pride & Prejudice!
"We aim to spark wonder and deep appreciation for the beauty of books, story and language."
|Photo courtesy of Maui Children's Bookstore.|
|Ivy & Koa checking out all the fun toys.|
2. She is family-oriented, which I've noticed is central to the mission with MCB. After all, this is a CHILDREN'S bookstore. Check out her latest blog post to see all members of her family working to get MCB up and running. Prior to securing the location within Maui Thing, Amanda facilitated pop-up shops around the island, with an emphasis on story time and healthy snacks for the whole family. Her husband and son seem to always be helping out and actively participating in MCB's activities. They both popped in during our meeting. Later on Ivy showed up, so Amanda got to meet part of my family too.
|Aside from books, MCB carries children's clothing, baby products, eco-friendly educational toys, and art work.|
3. She likes Ivy & Co.!
She gave me one of the biggest compliments I've received in a long time: she loves my fabric choices and the way I put them together. You see, I've always been a performing artist. Since Ivy & Co. (sewing & furniture restoration) came about in 2011, it's been interesting to watch my creativity morph into something new. It's a little bit of an insecurity to put myself out there in this way (I'd be more comfortable dancing onstage in a flashy costume!), but now this aspect of artistry is being validated by these shop owners who are carrying Ivy & Co.
If you can't tell, I'm elated about this working relationship with Maui Children's Bookstore.
If you're on Maui, pop on by:
Maui Children's Bookstore
7 N. Market St.
Wailuku, HI 96793
(Shared space with Maui Thing)
"Through books, through play, through sweet classes and tea. I want you to know that we're going to do our best to create an environment that begs to be filled with heart-synched moments like these."
-Amanda, from the blog post "At the heart of it all"
|Don't forget to draw something on the chalkboard while you're there!|