Back in March, when I first wrote about the 25th anniversary this year of the Globe Bookstore & Coffeehouse in Prague, I promised a follow-up article, and that’s what this is. In Part 1, I focused on the particular conditions in Prague that led the five of us to open an English-language bookstore and coffeehouse in Central Europe – and some of the early hiccups. For this second part, I’m feeling less ambitious (maybe it’s the heat wave in Europe this summer). Instead of reaching for – and not finding -- some profound insight about owning a business or being an expat, I’ll simply relay a few of my own favorite Globe moments and share some photos of our staff and customers*.
The Globe was always much less about the owners and more about the people who worked for us – and with us – to make the business a success (and, of course, the people who actually bought the books and coffee). I’ve tried to dig out as many old photos as possible, but there are many gaps. I’m happy to add photos if you’d like to send them to me. (As you’re reading this story, please scroll past the map for more photos at the bottom).