Thursday, 9 June 2011
I personally did not attend the ceremony and simply received a cryptic text from my manager at 10pm saying 'we just beat puppies'. I could have interpreted that in several ways, but remembered that the pet store had been nominated for the Outstanding Specialised Retail Business Award too. Which just goes to show that pasty book nerds in cardigans are just as valuable as cute puppies. (Although my manager did send me that text well after the ceremony had ended....)
After that, we won the big one, Business of the Year. An award we had simply not expected to win. Barbara accepted it and made a speech about the value of bookstores, their importance in the Australian retail landscape and how thankful we are that we have a community that supports us.
The rather pointy awards will take pride of place in our front window.