Is the rent here high?
I think it's high enough, yeah. It's not a huge space either.
Seems risky to open a bookstore these days.
Well, it's a used bookstore, so it's a low- overhead business. There's not a lot of money in it, but it's low risk.
Still, there are so many bookstores on Capitol Hill already.
There are a lot of people on Capitol Hill, and a lot of people who read. A lot of people prefer an independent bookstore. Half Price Books is the closest [used bookstore], but some people don't want to go in there. Is this your first time here? I'm still getting organized.
Yeah. How are the books organized?
It's not logical and I'm still working on it. I haven't labeled the sections yet, either.
At home I organize my books by brilliance.
I suppose I could do that but that would be a little confusing. I want to read more of these books, but it's kind of daunting.
Where did you get the name Botticelli?
Oh, like the artist. When I was out buying books, this guy had a print of The Birth of Venus. It was like 8 feet wide and 15 feet tall--I don't know exactly. Really huge. I was thinking it'd look good on that wall. But he wouldn't talk his price down.
You know, they're opening a vinyl store next door. You should go ask them why there are so many CD stores on Capitol Hill.