We bring people and stuff together to create moments of literary and gifting magic. We also happen to curate gorgeous gift boxes...
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 chocaholic with a dream. I wondered if maybe, just maybe it would be possible to combine books + chocolate together into a business, 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 2022, 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!
Ps. We recently got our very first van-give us a beep if you see us pass!
Aisling & The Book Resort Team x💕.
PPS. We have been very fortunate to have been mentioned a few times in the Irish media too:
Ryan Tubridy Show (22 October 2020)
Ryan Tubridy mentioned us on his morning show on RTE Radio 1 when he was talking about shopping local and supporting small businesses.
Beat FM (4 October 2020)
I chatted with Orla Rappel on "The Sunday Grill" about how people can shop online and still support local businesses by shopping with The Book Resort
Today FM (16th August 2020)
The Book Resort was live on air with Mairead Ronan for "Beat the Business".
Ireland AM (5 June 2020)
The Book Resort was featured live on air on Ireland AM by Triona McCarthy.
2FM (24 January 2020)
We were live on radio with Jennifer Zamparelli on Thursday 24th January 2020.
Womans Way (20 January 2020)
The Book Resort was featured in the print edition of Womans Way on January 20th 2020.