From the Cherokee Tribune:
"Canton Main Street Director Ginger Garrard said she and the Main Street board were saddened to hear of Yawn’s Books’ closure, adding they have played an integral part of historic downtown Canton. “Yawn’s Books has contributed a great deal of involvement and love to the community,” Garrard said. “Their presence that provided so much to our downtown will be missed by many, many people.”
So the public now been told that the the Canton Main Street Director and the ENTIRE Main Street Board has given up on this business. THE FUNERAL SERVICES ARE ALREADY BEING CONDUCTED BUT THE PATIENT IS NOT DEAD!!
"Yawn added that while he and his wife, Stacy, love their landlord and the space on Main Street, the overhead of running the retail operation was proving to be too costly, prompting the need to downsize and re-imagine the business with a renewed focus online and through their publishing company.".
Three words: "LANDLORD", "OVERHEAD", "COSTLY".
Well any first year business student knows that it costs 10 times as much to develop a new customer then to retain an existing customer.
So I went to the landlord and asked about reducing the rent for 2 or 3 months and give the Yawn's time to try to sell to a new person who just might be able to make it work. There are still some 3,000 mom & pop bookstores in the country - SOMEBODY knows how to make it work.
Then I went to the Yawns and asked them if they would be willing to attempt to sell the retail portion if they had reduced overhead for a few months.
Yes it's a long shot but so what? Giving up is guaranteed defeat. Just the efforts of selling it would create articles in the paper, leading to talk, leading to interest in guess what??? DOWNTOWN!!
Meanwhile what's our Chairman of the Main Street Board doing while the Director of the Main Street board is conducting premature funeral services for one of Downtown's most prominent business? Chairman of the Main Street Board Bill Grant is flitting around deliberately stirring up a bunch of negative publicity about Christmas lights.