Name: Tenae StewartLocation: Middletown, California (Just north of California's Wine Country)Occupation: Art history student raised in the family floral business. Now, shop owner of Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique.
Based on the West Coast, Tenae Stewart of Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique sells vintage (mostly leather-bound) books & handmade sundries for the discerning bibliophile. She supports the timeless experience of immersing oneself in a good book again and again (not everything is better digitally). Remember the feeling of crisp paper between your fingertips? The satisfaction of dog-earing a page? The heft and subsequent weight loss when a large volume is completed? If you, like Tenae and the great Thomas Jefferson agree that you “…cannot live without books” – then meander over to Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique.
A hardcover copy of Cabbages and Kings, a collection of short stories by O. Henry. This copy was printed by Doubleday, Page & Company, in 1917. This book features numerous short stories involving a small American town and the lives of the people who live there.
Tenae’s inspiration to start the shop came from her longtime love of books (both reading and writing.) Some of her favorites include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Night Circus, all of Sherlock Holmes and My Gun is Quick. One of Tenae’s favorite parts of the job is “book hunting” at library sales, book fairs and hole-in-the-wall used bookstores! She’s basically a book detective.
Image by Wonderland Photography.
A hardcover copy of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, written in 1895. This particular copy was printed by Reader’s Digest in 1984.
Books are not just rewarding to read (quotes, new words, novel plots and ideas!!) – they are also great additions to a bookshelf as double duty, home decor. The shop is the first step towards the owner’s dream of creating a book and gift shop on the Pacific coast; Tenae hopes to expand into a brick-and-mortar location in the future.
The owner divides her time between classes, running her Etsy shop, volunteering as an art teacher at a local private school and working at my family’s flower and gift shop where she is a manager, buyer and display coordinator. How does this girl have time for a social life?
A stunning antique copy of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated into English by Edward Fitzgerald.
This is a beautiful burgundy and slate hardcover copy of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It features gold lettering and designs on the cover and spine and an attached burgundy ribbon bookmark.
Tenae has graciously offered one of The Walkup blog’s audience members an “Antique Reader’s Set” which includes One (1) Vintage Book and One (1) Handmade Bookmark. Enter below and good-luck!
“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.” ― Voltaire, Candide