Steve Booth and Sandy Leahy have been selling secondhand books together since 2001, initially in London and on the net, and on Skye since moving here in 2003.
Our stock is chosen with the aim of providing interesting books for readers who like to explore the world of ideas, imagination and information that books offer. As keen readers ourselves, books are not just a commodity. We also have a liking for the unusual and the downright quirky, so you never know what you will find on the shelves. As we suffer from compulsive book-buying disorder, new stock is always arriving.
It was customers in our shop in Broadford saying that they would like a cup of coffee whilst browsing the shelves, that lead us to take on the lease of a vacant restaurant in Struan in 2011. The transformation into a bookshop/café has been a steep learning curve but also enormous fun. We enjoy coffee, so now we generally have more than a dozen different roasts on offer, together with home baking and light lunches.
Introducing vintage textiles alongside the large range of books on costume, fashion and textiles seemed a natural extension and from there, Sandy has gone on to launch a small range of her one-off individual garments, sewn in linen, silk and wool (Windrush Studio Originals) as well as selling handspun wool from our flock of Jacobs sheep. The space also allows us to showcase the work of other textile makers from the island.