If what Jerry Seinfeld says is true —"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking." — then our local bookstore GLOBOsapiens has much to offer our community.
In spite of our Internet-addicted lifestyles, there is a place that has been meeting a need in our community for five years now.
Cathy Buttazoni has owned and operated GLOBOsapiens, a used book store at 3096 Portage Ave., for half a decade and feels quite passionate about the void it fills in our community. She has been in business since 2008, operating out of Charleswood for two years before moving to her current location three years ago.
GLOBOsapiens was voted one of the Top 3 used Winnipeg bookstores in Canstar’s first annual Best of Winnipeg readers’ survey. It is also one of the few remaining bookstores in West Winnipeg.
Buttazoni’s stock is constantly changing, with over 25,000 titles covering a wide variety of genres.
Cathy is a successful businesswoman who loves owning and operating her bookstore and feels that it offers the community a place to gather, connect and be inspired.
Buttazoni’s desire now is to hand over those reins to someone else who shares her vision of keeping the bookstore operating as a vital part of the community. Yes, she is looking for new owners and, as Cathy shares on her website, it could be quite simple:
"The requirements for buying GLOBOsapiens (are) pretty straightforward: You have to love books. You have to enjoy talking with people. It helps if your organizational skills lean toward the compulsive. It’s nice for customers to have someone they can relate to. Beyond that, you would have the independence to run GLOBOsapiens in the manner you choose — with as much (or as little) help from me as you want."
If you have always had a desire to run your own bookstore, you can find further details at globosapiens.ca about acquiring the business.
The bookstore can also be found on Facebook. Pop in for a visit to check the store out and stock up on some wonderful reads for a great price.
I selfishly hope Cathy’s wish for new owners to keep the dream going comes to fruition.
Kelley Sookram is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia.