Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine has been opened for a year now. For several months, we were going in the right direction. It was gratifying to see our hard work, commitment and long hours adding to our success. But then in May 2016 street closures due to major construction turned the tide for us in a negative way. Here it is October and the construction is still going on, with our street being closed every day for almost two months. What followed was our bills piling up while our sales went down. Customers told us they couldn’t get to us due to the mess our street was in. Our business plan didn’t account for this major interruption in business, which is why we are asking for help…because we need your help! If we don’t get some funding, our doors will have to be closed and the community will lose an independent bookstore that is a place for the community to gather where we host many programs, including author discussions, workshops, and our very successful Creative Writers Camp we hosted this summer for 18 young talented writers. We, Peggy and Carol, are co-owners who put our homes on the line and invested over $100,000 of our own money because we believed in this venture, (and still do) not because we expected to get rich. However, we never expected something as unexpected as street construction to hinder our accomplishment. We have many events scheduled in the coming months and need to order books for them, as well as books and products for the holiday season while a sizeable loan payment lingers over us.
Therefore, if you liked what we brought to the community, as well as the South Shore of Long Island, won’t you please help keep us in business? In order to do this, we are trying to raise $75,000 to get us back on our feet. Many of you asked that we not leave the community…please help us stay.
And…if you haven’t been here in a while, here’s a video of what we’ve brought to the community since we’ve opened – and we hope that we can be here for years to come!