An iconic Halifax small business writes its next chapter as it marks a milestone.
Woozles, a children’s bookstore, celebrated their 43rd birthday on Saturday, although they may not have the same crowds they typically do every year due to COVID-19.
Dubbed Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore, its owner says it’s time for a fresh start.
Liz Crocker says the aging Birmingham Street building and accessibility issues are the reasons for the company to relocate.
“Sometimes middle aged people – I think 43 is middle aged – sometimes people say maybe we should change things up a bit so we decided to leave the nice yellow building with the door green and move to a new location on Shirley Street, ”said Crocker, who founded the store with her late husband and a friend in 1978.
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It’s been a long journey since then, but Crocker is proud of what the company has become, even having to carry the torch alone.
“I am happy to carry on the legacy of what we wanted to create, a place for and on children,” she said. “Sure, with great kids books and toys, but also a place where people who love kids and care about kids could come and just be in a space that cheers you up.”
Julie Chisholm, who drops by with her children every two months to buy new books, visited the store for the birthday festivities before it closes.
She says she’s happy the business itself isn’t closing, but it will be a different feeling without the current location.
“The old building was so special, the old reading chair, it’s so charming,” Chisholm said. “But we’re also excited to see the new space. “
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Crocker says she appreciates the support of her clients near and far.
“One of the things that has warmed our hearts over the years is the support of the community,” said Crocker. “It’s not really community support for us, it’s community support for the importance of children, in building a future community and a future country.”
Their last day is at the current location on October 25, with hopes of opening the Shirley Street store in mid-November.