December 18, 2000
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies held at The Journey, a Christian bookstore in Woodinville
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to celebrate the opening of The Journey, a Christian Book Store, located in the Woodinville Plaza in Woodinville. It was attended by Woodinville Chamber of Commerce members and City of Woodinville Mayor Randy Ransom and city staff.
"We see ourselves as more than just another nice bookstore or gift shop, but actually as an encouragement resource center," said CEO and co-founder Brian Livingston.
Livingston's demographic research resulted in the store carrying a wide variety of merchandise in addition to books and Bibles. It has music, gifts, cards and stationary, software, apparel, videos, jewelry, books on tape and children's products.
"The Journey Christian Bookstore exists to provide positive life-giving resources from a distinctly Christian perspective to people in the area," said Livingston.
Livingston, who has an MA in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., has included many inspirational materials in his store. He encourages his staff to take time to listen to the needs of customers in order to refer them to appropriate books or products to help in unique life situations.
"This is true whether a person is struggling through a recovery program, encountering a difficult time in their marriage, coping with the discovery of a daughter's anorexia, dealing with grief due to the recent loss of a loved one, having difficulty on the job, facing serious intellectual questions and doubts about their faith or looking for a perfect gift or inspirational card that will bring hope and encouragement. If we can help them find the right item that will make them feel closer to God and personally empowered, challenged and encouraged, we will have done our job and done it well," said Livingston.
President and co-founder Carol Livingston has 13 years of experience in management and finance. She has a BA in accounting and is a CPA. She has worked for Ernst & Young in both audit and tax and is currently the controller for an internet company in Bellevue.
"The Journey was designed by Barney Paradise of GP Designs in order to create a very unique and distinctive, positive upbeat kind of store," said Livingston.
The store has seven employees and is located at 14041 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road.