Flowers graced the checkout counter at Post Horizon Booksellers Tuesday.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Frank.
Nelson Reid, left, owner of Post Horizon Booksellers, and Father Bingham were back to work over a month after the Jubilee fire on March 12.
A bit of a welcome back, the flowers were gifts for store owner Nelson Reid as he celebrated the reopening of the store.
Since the March 12 Jubilee Block fire, Reid has spent most of the past month cleaning up the smoke damage caused by the fire to both his store and its 22,000 books.
However, according to Reid, Tuesday's reopening was well worth the work.
“Relief is the first thing and then joy at seeing (customers) come in,” replied Reid, owner of Post Horizon, after being asked how it feels to reopen the doors. “For (the customers) this is their bookstore. They have said we want to be here when it opens again.”
Behind the counter Tuesday was Father Bingham of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Bingham volunteers at the store once a week and gave Reid and his wife Wanda a place to sleep after the fire.
“There was a lot of work that had to be done, but I thought it was going to open again. It’s been a colossal amount of work for Nelson and Wanda. It’s been the whole month to put this back together,” said Bingham.
Faithful customers also trickled in throughout the day, including Adam Schellinck, who visits the store every week.
“I was very concerned that we were going to lose such a great resource to Moose Jaw. There are so few used bookstores, let alone bookstores period,” said Schellinck. “Everytime I have a project or something has peaked my interest, Nelson always has a book on it,”
Schellinck said because Post Horizon is Moose Jaw’s only bookstore it’s important to the city and also the surrounding communities. He explained that Post Horizon’s and its owner are special.
“If you tell Nelson you are interested in a book the next thing you know he has a list of five books for you to check out,” said Shellinck. “There is something to be said about sitting down with a physical book. There is something about the experience.”
Post Horizon celebrated their reopening on Tuesday night with a "Book Ceilidh". The evening saw music from Don Mitchell and Doug Shepherd of Desperate for Haggis and readings from local authors Bob Currie, Jim McLean, and Greg Simison.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.