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The happenings in and around Cliffside Village Books

Not Quite What I Expected

I can say with confidence that 2020 has not being going how any of us anticipated. Personally, I had imagined full writers groups, regular store hours, workshops every month or two, and lots of in person events. The year started out strong with all of those things happening to...

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What to Expect from 2020

2020 has already brought some exciting changes to the shop. The first change is the new shelving configuration. This new layout includes a display shelf for art pieces and other handmade goodies. It has also allowed me to create a little crafting corner in the back where I can...

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Writers Fight Club

It’s not nearly as dangerous as it sounds! For the past few months this writers discussion group has been meeting at the shop every other Wednesday. The group has a very relaxed approach. There are no set topics and each meeting is allowed to go where it will. Sometimes...

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Winning!

  Remember way back in June when Cliffside Village Books was nominated for best bookstore and best used bookstore in Scarborough? Well, thanks to all my wonderful and supportive customers, we won first place! According to the Scarborough Mirror ranking system we got diamond. Sadly we did not actually...

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A 5 Years Cheers

One thing I do reliably is forget the anniversary of getting my shop. Five years and a few days ago I bought Cliffside Village Books, fulfilling a lifelong goal. These past five years have been truly amazing! Running a second-hand bookshop certainly has its challenges, but whenever I start...

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A Weekend of Building Shelves

    Years ago, I thought “hey wouldn’t it be great if I could easily move all the shelves in the middle of the shop.” My logic at the time was that having a little more space when I run writer’s groups would be nice. Also being able to...

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Possible Expansion for the Writer’s Group

I’ve been running the Cliffside Village Writer’s Group for four years now and I’m happy to say it’s still going strong. We meet once a week for six weeks and work on two – three prompts each evening. It’s lots of fun and a great creative outlet. But recently...

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Scarborough Mirror Readers’ Choice Awards

Incredible news! This year Cliffside Village Books has been nominated in two categories of the Scarborough Mirror’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The categories are Scarborough’s best bookstore and best used bookstore. I’m thrilled my little shop has been considered and to know that I am making an impact in our...

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Closing Thoughts on Wordy Wednesday

Wordy Wednesday — an open mic event celebrating creative writing — was a truly a delightful experience. Retirement Suites By The Lake was kind enough to host us for the six months that the event ran. In fact, the entire event was only created because Diane approached me asking what sort of...

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Wordy Wednesday!

Join us February 7th from 7 – 9 pm for our first ever open mic night! Cliffside Village Books and Retirement Suites By The Lake are thrilled to present Wordy Wednesday! An open mic night for poetry, prose, and the spoken word. This is a great opportunity for the Bluffs...

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