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"This cat has probably seen more in its lifetime than any of us." — overheard in Blue Bicycle Books 

Purdy, the Blue Bicycle Books cat, 1994 - 2014420 King Street
The well-known bookstore cat of Blue Bicycle passed away this past Tuesday. The following is an excerpt from the memorial email sent out by the store’s owner: 

Commonly seen sunning in the store window, lounging on a book, or tucked away behind a shelf, Purdy brought joy to countless visitors and book lovers. A common question from customers, shocked to see a pet in a King Street shop, was “Is that a real cat?”
She endured toddlers’ aggressive pettings and tail-pullings, and was always willing to be picked up, carried and cuddled by fans. Many visitors came not to browse books at all, but to see her. College students who missed their cats back home would drop in to get “a cat fix.” One couple from Holland who keep a second home in Charleston made daily CARTA pilgrimages from West Ashley, bringing treats and conversation. 
Purdy was born in Dallas, Tex., and adopted by Jim and Lee Breeden, the previous owners of Blue Bicycle Books (then Boomer’s Books). Jim was a history professor at Southern Methodist University and she kept showing up at his doorstep, begging for food. They brought her to Charleston to live at Boomer’s, where she roomed with another cat named Grumpy. (Interestingly, before Grumpy’s death in 1999, Purdy was the less-sociable cat of the pair, usually hiding behind a shelf.) 
In 2007, when Jonathan and Lauren Sanchez bought the store from the Breedens, Purdy conveyed with the sale. The bookstore was her home and it was agreed by both parties that she would suffer if uprooted.
In her eighteen years at the store, Purdy became something of a local celebrity, and is possibly the most photographed cat in Charleston history. In a time when many feel the book world is becoming too corporate and impersonal, the presence of a living, breathing, “real” cat was a heartening emblem of the charms and warmth of a locally-owned, bricks-and-mortar bookstore. 
She was a dear friend and co-worker and will be greatly missed.

"This cat has probably seen more in its lifetime than any of us."
— overheard in Blue Bicycle Books 

Purdy, the Blue Bicycle Books cat, 1994 - 2014
420 King Street

The well-known bookstore cat of Blue Bicycle passed away this past Tuesday. The following is an excerpt from the memorial email sent out by the store’s owner: 

Commonly seen sunning in the store window, lounging on a book, or tucked away behind a shelf, Purdy brought joy to countless visitors and book lovers. A common question from customers, shocked to see a pet in a King Street shop, was “Is that a real cat?”

She endured toddlers’ aggressive pettings and tail-pullings, and was always willing to be picked up, carried and cuddled by fans. Many visitors came not to browse books at all, but to see her. College students who missed their cats back home would drop in to get “a cat fix.” One couple from Holland who keep a second home in Charleston made daily CARTA pilgrimages from West Ashley, bringing treats and conversation. 

Purdy was born in Dallas, Tex., and adopted by Jim and Lee Breeden, the previous owners of Blue Bicycle Books (then Boomer’s Books). Jim was a history professor at Southern Methodist University and she kept showing up at his doorstep, begging for food. They brought her to Charleston to live at Boomer’s, where she roomed with another cat named Grumpy. (Interestingly, before Grumpy’s death in 1999, Purdy was the less-sociable cat of the pair, usually hiding behind a shelf.) 

In 2007, when Jonathan and Lauren Sanchez bought the store from the Breedens, Purdy conveyed with the sale. The bookstore was her home and it was agreed by both parties that she would suffer if uprooted.

In her eighteen years at the store, Purdy became something of a local celebrity, and is possibly the most photographed cat in Charleston history. In a time when many feel the book world is becoming too corporate and impersonal, the presence of a living, breathing, “real” cat was a heartening emblem of the charms and warmth of a locally-owned, bricks-and-mortar bookstore. 

She was a dear friend and co-worker and will be greatly missed.

(Source: instagram.com)

gecheesoul:

A Gullah Guide to Charleston

gecheesoul:

A Gullah Guide to Charleston

#gullah  #books  #art  
Restaurant recipes (or should I say Receipts) 

Restaurant recipes (or should I say Receipts

(Source: Flickr / explorechs)

#books  
Blue Bicycle Books420 King Street 

Blue Bicycle Books
420 King Street 

(Source: volcomatt)

#downtown  #books  
Books at Blue Bicycle420 King Street 

Books at Blue Bicycle
420 King Street 

(Source: hueandeye.blogspot.com)

Charleston reading

Charleston reading

(Source: google.com, via l-e-v)

#books  
Holmes-Edwards Bookcase in the Heyward-Washington House87 Church Street 

Holmes-Edwards Bookcase in the Heyward-Washington House
87 Church Street 

(Source: Flickr / charlestonmuseum)

layneharvey:




Blue Bicycle Books interior420 King Street 

layneharvey:

Blue Bicycle Books interior
420 King Street 

(Source: instagr.am)

Go Local! — display at Blue Bicycle Books420 King Street 

Go Local! — display at Blue Bicycle Books
420 King Street 

(Source: facebook.com)

#downtown  #books  
Local history books at the Middleton Place gift shopWest Ashley, SC 

Local history books at the Middleton Place gift shop
West Ashley, SC 

(Source: facebook.com)

Shrimp and Grits RecipeFrom The Lee Bros.’ Charleston Kitchen
#links  #books  
South Carolina’s first on-street bike corral, at Blue Bicycle Books420 King Street

South Carolina’s first on-street bike corral, at Blue Bicycle Books
420 King Street

(Source: campaign.r20.constantcontact.com)

#downtown  #books  
Tideland TreasureKiawah Island, SC
I’ve actually been looking for a copy of this book for a while now.  

Tideland Treasure
Kiawah Island, SC

I’ve actually been looking for a copy of this book for a while now.  

(Source: Flickr / smickletz, via intracoastal-wanderings)

charlestoncitypaper:



Blue Bicycle Books420 King Street 

charlestoncitypaper:

Blue Bicycle Books
420 King Street 

#downtown  #books  
Charleston authors — at Blue Bicycle Books420 King Street

Charleston authors — at Blue Bicycle Books
420 King Street

(Source: Flickr / mhlucero, via intracoastal-wanderings)

 
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