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Wendell Berry and scuffs on the floor

A while back when she considered renovating, she asked prominent Port Royal resident, poet, novelist and essayist Wendell Berry if she should replace the old, painted floor in the restaurant area.

“Wendell said not to change a thing. He said: ‘The scuffs on the floor show all the traffic made from the customers' scooting their chairs, and that is part of the store's charm, and that is why I like coming in here,' ” said Tipton, 51, who has a section of the store devoted to Berry's books.

“This is a quaint little store where you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend,” said Tipton, who takes photos of customers and hangs them on the “wall of fame.”

via www.courier-journal.com

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