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.
“Being an educator you see the effects of children not being read to at home,” Lashbrook said. “We want to make the store kid friendly but have a little something for everyone.”
Teachers are also encouraged to provide emails, and store staff will provide information about current children’s books/young adult book promotions. Teachers are encouraged to print out the flyer and send it home to encourage reading outside the classroom. Lashbrook says on her website that any teacher that provides his/her school email address and their grade level will receive a $5 gift certificate.
Lashbrook also wants to use the store as a focal point for teachers to air grievances and work together on ideas to make the educational process better for all involved. She has set up a specific e-mail: email@example.com or by clicking on the Contact button at the top of the website.
Lashbrook works with Melodie Goren and Kim Campbell at the store, the latter two running things during the school day with Lashbrook taking over on Saturdays, For further information on DogEared Books, which is open tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visit www.dogearedbookstx.com or call 817-598-1800.