With its child-size doorway, wandering animals, bathroom aquarium, and colorful decorations, there’s a lot to love about the Linden Hills treasure. Staff say they put extra work into the nomination this year because co-founder Tom Braun was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago.
The bookstore opened in 1992 and was designed intentionally; the creator of a beloved backyard tree house was hired to help the co-founders, Collette Morgan and Braun, realize their design inspiration, which came from the book “The Salamander Room” by Ann Mazer.
Outside the shop, both co-founders are busy with side projects. Morgan is editing a book of short stories for young readers called “Sky Blue Water,” slated to be published in the fall. Braun has a background in writing and is working on documenting his experience with Alzheimer’s.
[h/t Southwest Journal]