No, I’m not planning on retiring or leaving my job in the very near future, but a lunch conversation with some colleagues this week got me thinking.
We’d been doing the “what did you do this past weekend” thing, and I mentioned that last Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day – professionally obligated blah blah blah. One person mentioned a bookstore in Chicago she particularly liked, and I said that I’d heard about (but hadn’t visited) a book bar in Denver. Apparently I wasn’t speaking clearly, because another person heard “book barn” and when we corrected that, the conversation turned to what a book bar might be like.
For example, do you sort the books and beverages by country of origin? Do you pair things, as in “Scotch and Rebus” or “Maigret and Merlot”? Do you give a discount if a person purchases a series and a case? Would book recommendations come with beverage recommendations? Could you do a book-n-beer flight? LFPL is doing a few books and brews events that might provide more inspiration.
All of which got me thinking about my next career… I like to read. I’ve been known to imbibe. Why not combine the two professionally?