Book Store in Peabody, KS
Arriving in Peabody we drove around looking for the Jack Rabbit book store and found it on the west side of the main block in town. Catty-corner was an old bank building made into a cafe. So after a few minutes driving through the residential part of town and admiring the houses built probably around the turn of the century, many are being restored to their original glory, we stopped at the old corner bank building cafe and were able to have my old time favorite, “hot beef sandwich.”
Then we went across to Jack Rabbit Hollow book store. It is so much more than a book store it is the bright spot of the town. What a lovely welcome from the owner. She not only has a book store, which is much more than a book store, it is a shop for gifts; prepackaged soups, desserts and drinks; home and yard decorating with everything anyone would want.
Since this was her Christmas Open House as well as our book signing, she had set up a snack table with a crockpot of one of her packaged soups; desserts from her packaged mix as well a hot cider and some sort of tea all beautifully arranged in a front corner of her very crowded shop. She had us tucked in next to the refreshments with small fold out tables for us to put our books.
My, oh my, as the town people trickled in we were so busy visiting and telling about our books the time just flew by. Now and then there would be a crowd of 4 or 5 people and Cindy would open her book and read one of her poems or I would read a paragraph. Mostly I just opened my book to a certain story and show it to them & explain a little.
As the name of the store implies there were rabbits everywhere! But the greeter at the door was a big, yellow tomcat that thought everyone came to see him.
One lady came from El Dorado to see us as she had missed the signing at the museum. We came back home a different way and came down past old number 8 school and the farm where we used to live. All that has changed so much because of widening the highway.
PS I want to go back and look at all of Pam’s goodies and spend some money that I was too excited to do when we were there. Lovely old town!