Enhancing the lives of our customers by creating moments of literary and gifting magic.
Wondering how it all began? My name is Aisling and I founded The Book Resort in Waterford in late 2019. This is how it all started....
It was simple really, it usually is!
Take a big reader, who also happens to be a big chocaholic with a dream. I wondered if maybe, just maybe it would be possible to combine books + chocolate together, somehow!
So it started with a thought (A little "I wonder..." moment), and then the work began. At the beginning it was all thinking, talking, researching, reading-yes more reading , and slowly the idea of "The Book Resort" started taking shape. Then meetings, training, mentoring, lists-lots of lists...did I mention lists and sure enough stuff started happening.
Back to the drawing board a number of times, a few debates & discussions. Then we launched, gently at first, and people seemed to like it, really really like it.
It was soon clear that more was needed, so I did what any sane person would do and I left my job, my lovely, secure job! Yes, I was secretly terrified but very excited.
Then a global pandemic happened (it's like a story gone wrong) and suppliers closed while customers started asking for more products. So we pulled up our sleeves (aka, did not sleep very much), put our heads down and got to work and kept working and working and sure enough it started coming back together. So now in 2021, we have a new premises, loads and loads of lovely new and old suppliers, more relationships built, loyal customers and a tiny but passionate dedicated team (including my two sons) who are helping us grow.
What we want to do:
- To deliver happiness and delight with every experience by exceeding expectations
- Support our community-suppliers, customers, charity, staff and book club members.
- Encourage passion about reading.
- Inspire by championing other Irish businesses
- Constantly strive to improve, amaze and always be kind.
The rest of the story? We are living it and writing it now in Co Waterford...welcome to our dream!
Aisling & The Book Resort Team x💕.