By BRIAN SMITH
Mandy Lashbrook has finally gotten to realize a dream.
When the owners of Pop’s Used Books announced their wanting to sell their business late last year to someone with a real passion for books, Lashbrook wanted in on the opportunity.
“I’ve been reading since I was three years old and used to play store with my mom, only I always made it a bookstore,” Lashbrook said. “Having a bookstore has been just great.”
After talking with her husband and thinking about it, the purchase was then finalized in January and DogEared Books, 318 Santa Fe Dr. in Weatherford, was born.
The name of the store came from Lashbrook and her love of animals and her work with Parker Paws. With the store in its grand opening phases, Lashbrook said she is planning on having several events with coupons and other activities at a future date, perhaps sometime around Spring Break. Lashbrook said. She said having a grand opening around Spring Break will allow her to get a children’s room open at the store and hopefully bring parents and kids together.
“If we can get parents and children reading together, it’s a beautiful thing and that would be the time to do it,” Lashbrook said.
Lashbrook is a TCU graduate with a degree in Habilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Owning a book store is a perfect way to extend her love of teaching.
“As a deaf education teacher, literacy is very important to me and the other staff members of DogEared Books,” Lashbrook, who teaches science at Wright Elementary, says on the store’s website. “Our mission is to provide great products at even better prices.”
Being a teacher herself, Lashbrook wants to open her heart and store to fellow educators by offering a 15-percent discount with a valid ID as one of the ways to promote the store. Getting children inside the store and to promote the love of reading among students is also a priority at the store.