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Life and Work with Dea Lavoie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dea Lavoie.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began as an elementary school teacher, with four kids of my own. I loved teaching, especially when I knew I had made a difference in a child’s life by becoming the person they could trust, and count on. I also love introducing them to a skill they might not think they were capable of doing or enjoying, such as reading. Gradually, I became less enchanted with our current teaching curriculum and mandates. There was little if any time for free exploration and play-based learning. I would watch my third grader cry every time I had to bring out the stopwatch to time his reading. I knew it was time to move on to something else. My husband was a teacher as well and was feeling the same way. I had always dreamed of owning a children’s bookstore; a magical, whimsical place filled with wonder. We were fortunate enough that we could make this dream a reality!

Has it been a smooth road?
One struggle has definitely been getting through permitting to expand our business. This has taken endless time and patience, something I am learning to be better with! There are always going to be difficulties along the way of starting any business, some you can predict, others that will surprise you. You just have to be resilient, and address the issues as they come. There have certainly been times when I just wanted to cover my head, but the passion for my business, and what I want to achieve always wins out. I think you always need to make sure you have someone to talk to who can be an honest sounding board for you.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Second Star to the Right Books – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
As the owner of a children’s bookstore that carries toys as well, I am proud of the care we take in curating our selection to make sure all kids can find themselves on our shelves. We make sure to choose toys that are educational and encourage creative play. We’re also known for our diverse and engaging events, whether it’s bringing an author or illustrator in for storytime, our Drag Queens or Kings teaching about kindness and acceptance, or our Well-Read Black Girl book club. And we’ve just started a parenting series that I’m very excited about – Village Parenting. One night monthly, we’ll be meeting to exchange (sometimes unconventional) parenting resources with guest speakers. I’m just so proud that we have something for everyone, and are a gathering place for community, as well as going out in the community – we started a non-profit called Books to Kids last year that provides books and author experiences to children across the state! We are so excited that the non-profit’s showcase event, the Denver Children’s Festival of Stories, is able to provide a book for every child that attends the free event on April 25th, 2020.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources that help you do your best in life (at work or otherwise)?
Simple as it is, walking my dogs, reading a book, making sure I get sunshine, and gardening keeps me focused and grounded.

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Image Credit:
Britt Margit; except Maleficent drag queen taken by Kelly O’Brien

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