Category Archives: Bookseller Stories

Crash Recovery

“After being in a freak bicycling accident in September 2020, I found myself with a huge pile of bills from the hospital, pharmacy, x-ray tech, surgeon, etc. Even after insurance the amount I owed was unmanageable. Then to top things off, my full-time job laid me off the day after my doctor released me to […]

Working Together to Help a Family Regain Their Balance

Binc was recently contacted by the owners of a family-run comic book shop. They have been working mightily to keep their business afloat during the pandemic through a combination of in-store safety measures, online sales, and reducing expenses. As with many small shops, the store’s revenue pays both business and household bills. With the addition […]

Making a Fresh Start

Divorce is an emotional and difficult situation at any time, but it is doubly hard during a pandemic. One bookseller found this out recently as the stresses of COVID led to the end of their marriage and the need for an immediate move. Having to vacate the family home in a very challenging housing market […]

Escaping in the Nick of Time

A bookseller fleeing from a rapidly moving wildfire was able to pack up some clothing, important documents, and medications, but very little else. Fortunately, they found an available hotel room near the bookstore and Binc was able to help pay for their stay. Little did they know that their family of two adults, two kids, […]

2 Dandelions Bookshop Blooms in Brighton

Morning is slowly stirring on a hot summer day in downtown Brighton, Michigan – traffic is light and there are still parking spots along the quaint street lined with overflowing petunia baskets. Nestled in the middle of Main Street, located below street level, is the 2 Dandelions Bookshop where owners Jeri Kay (Dandelion #1) and […]

A Slow-Building Medical Emergency

vol.8 // January ’20 In 2019 we received more assistance requests for help paying for medical care than any other category of emergency assistance. According to a recent Gallup survey, a third of U.S. adults say their family couldn’t afford care in the past year. When booksellers and comic retailers delay or forgo required medical treatment, problems escalate […]

One Bad Thing After Another

A bookseller recently suffered a stroke that seemed to unleash an unending string of misfortune and hardship. While recovering from the stroke, their spouse lost their job. A beloved sibling passed away requiring out-of-state travel and weeks off of work. A change in their spouse’s health resulted in the resurfacing of an old illness. The bookseller fell, […]

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