Main Events

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 1:00pm

Join us Saturday, April 15th from 1-2pm for a Feelings Fiesta!
This FREE in-store event with creators Brad and Betsy Petersen will celebrate their new book
Feeling All the Feelings Workbook: A Kids' Guide to Exploring Emotions.
We will play games, have a snack, meet the creators, and more!
This event is best for ages 2-10, but all ages are welcome! (Even grownups without kids!)

RSVP by emailing or calling us with your name, email address and the number of people in your party. We need to know how many snacks to have!
Phone: 231.347.1180

Preorder your copy TODAY, available April 11th.

A journal-like workbook for kids ages 6-9 with 100+ activities and practices designed to foster emotional awareness and regulation and explore the importance of every feeling.

About the Book : What does it mean to be calm? Happy? Grouchy? Even lonely? This workbook explores all those feelings and more, designed with fun, interactive, and playful illustrations and 100+ activities that guide kids through the many ups and downs of their emotions.

Kids can:

  • write a disappointment diary
  • fill in their anger thermometer
  • write their emotional observations in fluffy clouds
  • perform a “jealousy diagnosis” on a page resembling a doctor’s clipboard
  • find words in an emotion-based word search and more!

Each emotion opens with questions—What is it? Why is it helpful? How do I recognize it?—prompting deeper thought about individual feelings (even those that kids might consider “bad”).
In addition, young readers can learn mindfulness techniques such as using their senses to ground themselves, doing a body scan, or sitting silently and feeling gratitude for those who give them strength. With 19 emotions and tons of activities and reflections to explore, kids (and caregivers) can look forward to hours of engaging emotional exploration.

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 5:30pm



Join us Thursday, April 27th at 5:30 PM for a FREE event and book signing with Des Linden in celebration of her new book Choosing to Run.
Thanks to the Petoskey High School Cross Country Team, this event will be held in the Petoskey High School auditorium. Seating is limited, so an RSVP is required. Thank you for your understanding!
Phone: 231.347.1180

Preorder your copy of the book today! Available April 4th.
From the publisher: This is an inspirational memoir from Olympian and Boston Marathon winner Des Linden, telling her personal story, but also motivating others to live their best lives by creating a supportive personal and professional team, building their own personal business model and brand, and, of course, accomplishing their biggest goals and dreams in work and life, not just when they’re starting but when things get tough and they’re “closing the final 10K."

Choosing to Run takes readers through both the triumphs and greatest challenges of Des Linden’s career, including the day that, despite freezing rain and gusting winds, she experienced her career-defining win at the 2018 Boston Marathon. She discusses her unique journey, and how she got there despite being the underdog who wasn’t born with golden sneakers. After her historic win, Des became a cult fan and media favorite—she is regularly covered in the New York Times (one feature followed her unique take on the NYC Marathon during COVID), she appears as a marathon analyst on NBC Sports, and reaches hundreds of thousands of fans on social media. She has a full racing schedule through 2024, and she continues to be sponsored by her partner of 15 years, Brooks Running, which reaches 3.4M+ across social media and email. Friends who are excited to share the book include Des’s close friend Shalane Flanagan, Angela Duckworth, David Epstein, Rich Roll, Tedy Bruschi, and Ben Gibbard.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 5:30pm

Join us in partnership with Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, Wednesday, June 21st at 5:30pm for an evening with Viola Shipman for the release of Famous in a Small Town, set in Good Hart, Michigan!

Tickets are required for this event. Each ticket includes a paperback copy of Famous in a Small Town. Your online or in-store purchase of a ticket is your RSVP, but space is limited for this event and seats are on a first-come, first serve basis. Buy your ticket below! Please email us directly or call the store for more information:, 213-347-1180.

If you are attending the Elk Rapids event, please select pick up in store when checking out and we will hand deliver your Viola books!
About the Book: Mary Jackson has always been a bit of a rule breaker. In 1958, at the age of 15, Mary was crowned the 35th Annual Cherry Pit Spittin’ Champion of Good Hart, Michigan, establishing a distance that has remained a record for sixty-five years. Cherry Mary was born, and she has lived her whole life in Good Hart, now running the Very Cherry General Store--part post office, sandwich shop and tiny grocery--that she took over from her mother and grandmother.
By contrast, Becky Thatcher, an assistant elementary school principal in St. Louis, Missouri, has always played it safe, right down to her longtime boyfriend. But when she thinks he’s going to ask her to marry him on the last day of school and doesn’t, she has a playground meltdown to rival those of the children she teaches.
Becky vows to be more adventurous and sets out on a girls’ trip with her childhood best friend for a bit of fun, and to heal in the resort town of Good Hart – set along the wondrous Tunnel of Trees in northern Michigan – the area she used to summer with her grandparents. After one too many glasses of Chardonnay, she enters the 100th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship, which the locals take very seriously. Not only does she win, but her pit flies a distance that beats Cherry Mary's long-standing record.
Becky thinks it’s all fun and games. Mary believes it’s destiny. As girls – decades apart – the two saw the same vision of four women walking on the horizon of Lake Michigan, a Michigan mirage known as “Fata Morgana.” But were the two – who have been long hurt by the men in their lives – meant to meet? Following her promise to take more risks, Becky works under Cherry Mary’s wing for the summer, hearing her life story about how she became the first woman to win the contest and eventually run the store, while also working to fit into a small town that doesn’t trust her, and working alongside the widow’s grandson, a younger man who she beat in the contest and is angry he is being overlooked by his grandmother to run the store...but just might be the reason this was all meant to be.

About the Author: Viola Shipman is the pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse is the author of the USA TODAY bestsellers The Clover Girls, The Secret of Snow, and The Summer Cottage, as well as The Charm Bracelet, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and became an international bestseller. He divides his time between Saugatuck, Michigan and Palm Springs, California, and has written for People, Coastal Living, Good Housekeeping, and Taste of Home, along with other publications, and is a contributor to All Things Considered.