IrisBookshopEtc

Secondhand books • homegrown tea • handcrafted letters

Rancho Cucamonga, California | 1 Sale

IrisBookshopEtc

Secondhand books • homegrown tea • handcrafted letters

Rancho Cucamonga, California 1 Sale On Etsy since 2018

IrisBookshopEtc is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Hello and welcome to Iris's Bookshop and Etc.
We're on vacation while the school semester is in session, however, we'll be open again in June. In the mean time, follow us on Instagram for updates and to reserve any listings before they hit the shop. @irisbookshopetc
Happy Spring!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 21, 2019

Hello and welcome to Iris's Bookshop and Etc.
We're on vacation while the school semester is in session, however, we'll be open again in June. In the mean time, follow us on Instagram for updates and to reserve any listings before they hit the shop. @irisbookshopetc
Happy Spring!

Mackenzie

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Mackenzie

About

It started as most things start; an idea.

Like many writers before me I have wanted to own (or at least work in!) a bookstore. And a few months ago I was inspired to be a ghost letter writer for those who have something to say but aren't quite sure how to say it.
My imagination tossed these two ideas around separately before having the "ah-ha" moment of combining them. The two ideas went together seamlessly, and the image of this make-believe storefront where people read, commissioned letters, and sat amongst plants sipping tea while looking out a sunlit window was just romantic. But, this was all still in my head. I wasn't quite sure how to make this idea tangible. It was a lovely daydream at least. Then, one day I had the forehead-smacking revelation to open an Etsy shop!

•THE BOOKSHOP•

These books come to you from the past, from bookstores in back alleys, roadside curbs, and in some cases my own bookshelf. I don't believe in throwing books away (the sacrilege!), I believe in handing them down--passing them on. And I believe in tangible, dust-smelling, note-finding books too. Nothing beats the sound of a hardback opening for the first time in ages, you know? Because I believe in passing books down, the ones that don't get adopted get donated so if one calls to you, swoop it up! It may not be here when you get back. Besides, when has buying a book ever been a bad idea? And with some tea? #selfcare, am I right?

•THE CAFE•

My plants and flowers have been loved by the California sun and nurtured by the rain (and my watering can, we Californians don't get much rain, haha). They've been pollinated by insects and harvested, rinsed, and dried by me. I don't use any sprays anywhere near my plants (you can ask the tan lines I got from pulling weeds) and I try to buy certified organic seeds when I can find them. I dry my plants the good ol' fashioned, witch-at-the-end-of-the-street way: hanging upside-down in a dark, dry place.
I prefer to leave my teas as whole leaves or flowers as this stockpiles the volatile oils within them, but feel free to grind them should you choose. Or, strain the flora from the pan. I find that I like leaving the tea whole and in my cup, but it all depends on how much you want to feel like a woodland fairy or Tolkien elf.
Because I grow my tea rather than buy the leaves and flowers in bulk, some teas may be out for the season. Don't fret, they'll be back when the weather turns.
These teas can be re-steeped 2-3 times, and as you're getting whole leaves, a pinch or two depending on the cup size should be enough.

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  • Mackenzie Hofmann

    Owner

    My name is Mackenzie and at one point in my life I wanted to be named after a flower. Seeing as my name means "wisdom" I took to the internet and looked up flower symbolism. That's where "Iris" comes from. :)

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