Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

100 Per Cent Friends

Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dear Friends,

I remember the ravishing day that we opened the new door between our little bookstore and Kenwood Cafe.  Since that day, we have had a true partnership.  I'd like to thank Catherine and Jeff for cooking special theme meals for our book club, for lending their hearts to causes and showing movies like H2Oil, for caring about writers, supporting art, and for bringing us the puppy dog tail (a gloriously rich cinnamony dough topped with devilish cream-sweet frosting).

A place like the Kenwood Cafe becomes so quickly a given, a community treasure, that everyone loses sight of the fact that its existence is based on dollars.  Kenwood Cafe is closing, probably for good.  We will miss everyone who worked there as friends; we will miss you in a larger sense as a real place in this great big boxy franchised world.

In that light, thank you customers, visitors, patrons.  This year we noticed how many of you chose to buy books from us, or gifts, and to support our always tenuous existence.  Everyone who worked through the holiday season was touched in some way by the decisions you made to support us.   Truly, we felt the love!

We are hoping that your generosity will help us make it through those lean days when there's no latte and not a puppy dog tail to be had next door.

Thanks again, chi miigwech 

We wouldn't be here without you.


Louise  

Comments
Cheryl commented on 05-Jan-2012 11:51 PM
The cafe will be sadly missed. :-( Over the past several years my Daughter & I enjoyed NUMEROUS Saturday afternoon outings from our homes in northeast minneapolis to the deli/cafe for their fabulous design-your-own sandwiches & fun selection of bottled
beverages... along with a browse through your wonderful bookstore.... We are both saddened by this news about the cafe. It won't however mean the end of our book store visits! We love your store!
Jennifer commented on 13-Apr-2012 01:49 PM
Louise, I have been working on my North Dakota family heritage. So much has been lost, twisted and misunderstood over the generations. I found that my Great,Great and Great Grandfather taught at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian School throughout the early
1900's. I have read that your ancestory originated there as well, and that your parents were teachers there also. I am an aspiring writer and "healer" in my family. I have so much respect for you, your journey and what you have done with your life. Do you
have any speaking engagements in the Denver, Colorado area? Many thanks for all of your inspiration, Jennifer
Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

Wolf Hall thank you friends Empire of the Summer Moon Birchbark Books The Game of Silence 350.org knowledge birchbark house series Wendy Makoons Geniusz Easter Island Anton Treuer local economy E.L. Doctorow S.C. Gwynne The Royal Prussian Library gardens thanks tree books japan china Roberto Bolano mississippi Ha Jin Climate Change Patrick O'Brian Interview adventure italy NACDI:All My Relations Population coyote Pembina Alan Weisman National Book Award anniversary Too Much Happiness Small Bookstores as Commons More Remarkable Trees aquifer Minnesota Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Anishinabemowin Keystone XL Dartmouth Chickadee Poetry The Ojibwe Kenwood Gardens Mohamed's Ghosts Peak Oil William Trevor Jim Harrison Victory Gardens Hilary Mantel Michael Jackson Kate DiCamillo solstice, Thomas King Gail Caldwell Remarkable Trees Ice boarding school World on the Edge post holiday Ojibwe trees Women and Trees friends The Transition Handbook show your love Crushing Books bill mckibben Tree Houses devoted customers green Bleak House Stephen Salisbury photography Kabul Alice Munro Zombies twins buffalo Hillary Clinton Master Butchers Singing Club sweden The Wealth of Nature Mankato Powwow President Obama Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Chitra Divakaruni The Blue Sky Brown Dog Guthrie Theater Aubrey/Maturin Louise Education how good looking you are neighborhood Gary Clement Bill Moyers Journal Dogs The Round House Makoons euphoria the most romantic city in the world plants Keepers of the Trees Book Review customers Catalyst Emily Johnson Canada Milkweed Press Botany ireland The Resilient Gardener School Gardens Video Native People support monkey in a dryer favorite dog Aza Bohumil Hrabal Philip Roth france Native Arts fresh water Magers and Quinn Greenland Let's Take the Long Way Home Rare Books Nemesis north dakota The Porcupine Year germany health care reform Minneapolis incarnation Nero city of books This Green World Beth Dooley language revitalization State Troopers favorite book The Farmer's Daughter gratitude Afghanistan Up Late Again post holiday reads ependent favorite tree Peak Water Anishinabe Ojibwemowin Tar Sands Wastepaper ptsd peculiar touches of green and gold 2666 Islam H2Oil British Navy Czech Writer The Birchbark House joy Unnatural Disasters cafe closing Fireworks leaves and snow Love Too Loud A Solitude pilgrims Gryphon Press Light in August cafe graphix book and dinner club spring Collective Denial Vic Glover Green Team

Archive