I'd never been to the Gandy Dancer Mercantile before, and had no idea what to expect at my book signing. The snowy weather had me dreading packing up my books. Then I stepped into this cozy shop, full of big, comfy chairs and couches—part used book store, part ice cream shop, part music venue. When I showed up, a big group was jamming up front and when I left, another group was setting up. While I was there, I got to talk with all kinds of creatives: musicians, poets, and painters.
It was the kind of place where people hung out for hours, where people all knew each other. In fiction, this store would either be the setting for a romcom or the place where the detective in a cozy mystery comes to get a pick-me-up right before solving the case. I really wasn't expecting such a warm welcome or to meet so many amazing people.
If you're ever in Ogden, stop in, browse the books, enjoy some icecream, and soak in the ambiance.