Bev Bauer, proprieter of Redbery Books, has been an elementary school classroom teacher, a school librarian and a school district media services coordinator. But above all, Bev has been and is a champion of literacy and reading. Bev has an abiding love of books. She says "Literacy and connecting people to books has always been a passion of mine."
It seemed inevitable then after retirement from school district responsibilities and after a summer spent in South Africa in a volunteer program setting up libraries in small villages, Bev decided to bring her love of books and connecting people to books to Cable. The year was 2005. Bev created a bookstore and called it "redbery." She wanted a name that evoked nature and whimsey - hence "berry" for nature and one less "r" for a dash of the whimsical. And "red?," you guessed it. It's pronounced "read" as in "I read (past tense) a book." Bev wanted a serious bookstore that likes to have fun.
After beginning life above the Firefly Trading Company south of Cable, Redbery Books moved to the Ideal Market Building in downtown Cable in May of 2009. This enabled Redbery Books to be on the main floor on a main street and feel more community-oriented. Rivers Eatery pizza is just steps away in the rear of the building.
Redbery Books hosts author events, special events such as the Women on the Move series, a variety of book clubs and story times as well as being a co-sponsor of the annual Northwoods Children's Books Conference, a conference specifically designed for librarians, media specialists, educators and writers, held every fall.
Redbery's knowledgeable staff unfailingly can find that "perfect next book" for everyone.
While continuing to provide incomparable in-store selection, Redbery Books has gone electronic and established an e-store shopping experience where customers may browse electronically, check store inventory and either have selections shipped directly to them or arrange for in-store pick up.
In store, gift ideas abound. There are fashionable reading glasses, journals, pens, games and puzzles, greeting cards and book-related accessories to choose from. There are even toys, but they must have what Bauer calls "play value," meaning they don't rely on batteries for operation.
The best part of operating Redbery Books is "getting to know my customers as friends - and feeling a part of the community."
Thank you Cable!