Recently the editor of the opinion pages for the Asheville Citizen-Times forwarded to Byron an article which had been sent to him for possible use as a guest column. Although he couldn't use it, he thought we would be interested since its subject is Accent on Books. Indeed, not only were we interested, we were amazed and touched and deeply honored. The author is a good customer and great friend of the store and here is part of what she wrote (quoted with her permission):
"In the twelve years we have lived in the area, Accent on Books has become a part of our lives, a place where we are greeted by name, run into friends and always feel welcome. A place where each member of the friendly staff, no matter how busy, has time to discuss books, authors, or even the news or the weather. A place where local authors can read and sign their books....A place where browsing is encouraged and comfortable chairs provide a place to sit while skimming a few pages of a potential purchase....A place where, if the book you want is not in stock, a helpful staff member will be happy to order it for you. A place that for us, and for many, has come to epitomize the warmth and friendliness of Asheville."
Thanks, Nancy, for your kind words. In the stress and rush of the holiday season, especially with the background of economic uncertainty we all face, it's nice to know we can make a difference in the lives of our customers and our community.
And thanks to all of you for your business, your loyalty and your friendship over the past year. Best wishes to you for health and happiness in 2009.
Page 854 will be taking a New Years break of about a week. See you next year!