— By BRIAN SMITH
Closing the doors of a business is not normally considered a celebration. In the eyes of the owners of The Bookcase in Weatherford, it is.
The 40-year institution in Weatherford will be closing its doors Saturday. The Bullock family, Revay and her husband, Rusty, and a number of family members took over the business four years ago and made some changes, including adding a gourmet coffee shop.
To “celebrate” the closing of the business, the Bullocks are trying to give back to the community and all the friends they have made over the years by giving away all the books in the store for a simple donation to one of three charities: Grace House, Parker County 4-H and Appletree Ministries. Revay Bullock said all three groups have touched the family’s lives in some way, with the grandkids being part of Parker County 4-H for years, and they felt it was time to give back.
The giveaway began earlier this week when teachers from around the area were allowed the chance to come in and take what they liked. Tuesday, the giveaway was opened to the public, according to Bullock’s daughter-in-law, Kim. After the close of business Saturday, Friends of the Parker County Library will come in and box up what is left to take to their locations, Revay Bullock said.
A number of organizations have come by for books, including the Parker County Jail.
Kim Bullock said the public has been very supportive so far with the donation jars having to be emptied twice a day.
“We’ve had some people take like four or five books and give like $20 for books that would run a couple bucks,” Revay Bullock said. “People have been very generous.”
Revay Bullock said it has been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks as the couple was approached to sell the building a couple weeks ago.
With everyone involved with the store also working a separate full-time job and the couple agreeing they were missing out on quality family time, it seemed like the right thing to do.
It was unclear what the new owners had planned for the building but Revay said closing the doors is definitely bittersweet.
“We have a lot of memories here over the last four years, that’s for sure, but this is definitely a celebration in our minds,” Revay said. “The people that have come in here over the years have become like family to us. We get to know them and they get to know us.”
Over the last few months, the coffee shop has blossomed with half of the store’s sales coming from coffee alone, Revay Bullock said. Not only are the books available but the beautiful book shelving, some of it handmade from oak, is for sale as well.
The store will be open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For information, call the store at 817-594-7672.