Among significant changes with the transfer of ownership of Time Enough Books in Ilwaco, Washington, is the retirement of Scout, a 10-year-old English Labrador who favors colorful neckerchiefs and has quietly greeted customers at the waterfront bookstore.
“It’s not Time Enough Books without a bookstore dog,” said Kelli Hughes-Ham, who will take over from her aunt, Karla Nelson, who founded the store in 2000.
Hughes-Ham and her husband, Bill Ham, took ownership at the beginning of January. She teaches art at Ilwaco High School and he is already a staff member at the store, as well as being active in the Astoria theater community.
She was eager to reassure customers of dog staffing arrangements when she announced the changeover. “Never fear, because we are training the next generation of bookstore dogs,” she said.
“I’m excited for everyone to meet Olympia (Oly for short), our sweet and happy mutt puppy, who will do her best to carry on Scout’s legacy.
“Oly is seven months old, absolutely loves everyone that she meets, and is still working on her manners ... but she will be coming in every day soon.”
While delighted to be taking over, she anticipates few changes, and will tap her aunt’s 22 years of knowledge and expertise.
“Karla has been the heart of the bookstore, and we want to honor what she has built in our community,” Hughes-Ham noted. “Scout will be retiring as well, but she will be in to visit when Karla comes in to fill in now and then.”