An Interview with Stephanie Gordon, MD, owner of Story on the Square in McDonough, GA.
Store and location: Story on the Square, 19 Griffin Street, McDonough, Ga 30253, and The Rough Draft, our beer and wine cafe inside the store.
Social Media Stats: Facebook likes 4000, Instagram 1600
Our website: www.storyonthesquare.com
Event planner: Sharon Spann, Sharon_spann@yahoo.com
Buyer: Deanna Bailey, email@example.com
Number of years as a bookseller: Just over one year.
Best part about being a bookseller: Talking to book lovers all day long! I love being in the store and sharing ideas with our customers.
What book(s) are you reading? Just finished Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, and finished the ARC for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern last night-so good!
Favorite handsell on your radar for 2019: The Starless Sea
Best thing you did this year at your store: Hired a mess of wonderful booksellers and bartenders- they are a motley crew of outstanding individuals who are passionate about their work.
What are some ways you work with your community? We host 8 book clubs, host book fairs, have story time each week, host non-profit events in our event space, and are building relationships with our schools to help them buy books through us.
Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? We are developing these partnerships as we have been in our permanent location only seven weeks. We will help relaunch Young Professional of Henry County this week at a book event, and are working with local writers groups to promote their writing. We sponsor Ferst Readers (who purchase books and provide them for free monthly to children born in our country from birth to age 5, 60 books in total).
Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? I’m a physician in real life; this is my side hustle, so healthcare, public health issues, and particularly women’s heath are dear issues to me. I love STEM books and want to educate my community on how important it is to read to understand increasingly complex STEM subjects.
Top priority for 2019: Letting people know we are here and serving our community. Telling our story to the world, and then inviting them in to join us.
Favorite SIBA programming benefit: I love OKRA picks, and I love attending SIBA annual meetings (especially when it’s in New Orleans!)