”Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically.” When I first read that quote I could not help but smile as it cannot be more true. Waterstones Bold Street was the first bookshop that I went into when I moved to Liverpool five years ago and I immediately felt like it was the most magical ‘little’ bookshop there was. There was a sense of home and kindness bouncing off the shelves and from the staff. Soon I found the L1 Waterstones and even though it was impressive it did not have the family, ‘at home’ feel that Bold Street gives you.
I always loved books, a trate that I picked up from my mother and grandmother, and back home we never had a good bookshop where we could really get lost into. So when I moved to the UK I decided to find a good bookshop and I did. From then on Waterstones Bold Street was my fist choice to go and find books and if for some reason they did not have what I was looking for I would wander down to their sister in L1 or just order it from them.
When the time came for me to look for a job Waterstones was my immediate choice. I knew it would be a long shot and since my dream is to go into publishing I thought working with books would be a good start. I handed in my CV this Christmas just gone hoping for the best. When I got a phone call asking whether I could come for an interview, and what was more for the Bold Street branch, I was so excited.. and very nervous! The minute I got the call that I got the job I was over the moon. I had to hold my ethusiasm and try not to do a little dance as I was working at my second part-time job, Dafna’s Cheesecake factory. Even though it was only a xmas temporary job I was still thrilled and it was a foot in the door.
There I became part of the Waterstones family and met the most incredible and nicest people. I couldn’t wait to go to work and all my friends thought I was crazy. Some days I didn’t want to go home and had to force my way out the door!
After New Year’s we found out that our beloved store will be closing down. We were all devastated and a lot of our customers were as well. Bold Street will be losing a gem when Waterstones closes. People keep telling me that Waterstones Bold Street has been there forever and it’s their favourite bookshop. One customer was on the verge of tears the other day and I did not know what to do.
Everytime I go into work the shop looks emptier and emptier and the days get sadder and sadder. I really hope that my fellow collegues who have been there for years are able to find other jobs and will be okay.
It will be a sad day on the 1st of February when our doors close. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of Waterstones even for a short period of time. I met the best people and I have made lots of new friends. I will miss Waterstones Bold Street and I really hope that the building does not go ‘to waste’ (to put it lightly).
Farewell, my dear Waterstones Bold Street, you were the best bookshop for me to get lost into. You will be missed by many people I am sure.
– K.J. Koukas