Carol Kelly is celebrating newness in her life these days, among them the next chapter of Once Upon a Trapeze, the book and art shop tucked into BV Square at 301 E. Main St.
In case you’re wondering, the name comes from the Coldplay song, “Every teardrop is a Waterfall,” which includes a line — and a lot of metaphor — about being in the gap between two trapezes.
Kelly opened the store in June 2019. She has expanded and refocused the offerings in that time, and to celebrate that, the Buena Vista Chamber Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The sign on the front advertises “books, art, trinkets & baubles.” The cozy shop is full of best sellers, teen and young-adult books and works for children. Kelly is a gifted-and-talented/enrichment teacher at Avery Parsons Elementary School in Buena Vista, and loves keeping up with children’s books.
She is also featuring the works of regional artists and currently is displaying paintings by Lois Sprague of Woodland Park. In addition, she has jewelry by Michelle Cunningham, a counselor at Avery Parsons.
Kelly keeps a few art supplies in stock, knowing that they can be hard to find locally. And she says she gets great ideas from customers. “I like to pick people’s brains when they come in.”
She says she loves the Buena Vista community in general, as well as her community of staff and students at Avery Parsons. Looking at the crowd of well-wishers gathering outside the shop for Saturday’s event, she says, “I feel really lucky to be here.”
Featured image: Store owner Carol Kelly, right, and artist Lois Sprague celebrate the next chapter of Once Upon a Trapeze bookstore in BV Square. Tara Flanagan photo