When you have come by the Journey Bug in the previous few weeks, you might have in all probability seen the chaos.
There are holes in partitions and guide sections being condensed and reshelved. Counters are being resurfaced and machines moved.
The seemingly sudden and intense shift has been brewing for months. And I say brewing as a result of that’s the plan: Say good day to the Journey Bug Bookstore and Brewery.
The books and maps aren’t going away, and neither is the espresso. However by summer time, if all goes effectively, you’ll be capable of are available in and have a pint of Journey Bug-brewed beer. Sure, Journey Bug is altering.
The partnership that has underpinned Journey Bug for the previous few years is altering, too. Because the early Nineteen Nineties, I’ve spent a median of three to 4 months a yr roaming the globe.
It is a vital a part of my life in addition to part of my livelihood and legacy — I run Himalayan Moto Excursions, a bike touring firm that operates in India, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. My dad began the corporate practically 30 years in the past and I took cost after he died in 2010.
Partnering on the Journey Bug supplied a approach to keep grounded in a spot I like whereas on the identical time offering flexibility for world journey. I believe the partnership supplied Greg Ohlsen a lot the identical: an opportunity to journey, to get away from the store, whereas nonetheless maintaining Journey Bug’s legacy alive.
The plan was for every of us to spend a couple of third of the yr away, a 3rd working the store solo and the rest in overlap to protect continuity. And with few hitches, that’s the way it went.
In fact, COVID-19 has modified all of that.
It’s not simply that we misplaced all of our workers and have needed to man the counter ourselves for a yr (one thing, whereas tiring, that I’ve truly loved).
It’s also not simply that tourism in Santa Fe has dropped to almost nothing, with dramatic fiscal impact. And it isn’t simply that worldwide journey is all however useless.
These are elements, for certain, however maybe extra affecting is the palpable and overriding sense of purposelessness and nervousness that has include a collectively unsure future, whereas having no clear plan of action. These circumstances have anxious difficulties into being that by no means would have in any other case existed.
My causes are many and diversified, however I’ve determined to go away Journey Bug to pursue different endeavors that may permit me the life I’ve been designing during the last a number of years.
I’m unhappy to be going as a result of I’ve cherished making espresso and serving to people discover simply what they want, however I’m excited for my future.
I’m additionally excited for Journey Bug’s future. I imply, a bookstore/brewery — how cool is that? The parting is pleasant and I’ll be manning the counter some time longer to assist with the transition, however Greg is now on the helm. He’s persevering, he’s dedicated and he’s adept. I’ve little doubt he’ll succeed.
Eric Moffat has been a associate at Journey Bug for 2½ years.