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A Catalog of Terms

dictionary-1619740   Here at Bookstore Movers, we love words. In fact, we’re soi-disant lexicon aficionados. Words move us, so to say. And we’d like to move you. Thus, here is a catalog of terms to describe what your move would be like with Bookstore Movers. Efficacious: Successful in producing a desired or intended result. It may not be the most poetic or romantic way to describe it, but a move with Bookstore Movers is, in fact, very effective. If possible, your possessions will be physically moved, absolutely guaranteed. It’s kinda what we do. Intrepid: Having no fear, very brave or bold.  It may be an exaggeration to say that we have no fear, but I’d definitely say that we are brave and bold.  We have a healthy amount of fear, and we do have our limits (I’m looking at you, grand pianos!) but as we grow as a company and experience more, we only get bolder. More importantly, when you use our services, you should be 100% fear free because we’ve got your back. Perspicacious: Having a ready insight into and understanding of things.  We’ve got years of experience and we know just how to help you. Our movers are well-trained, prepped, and ready to help. Our operations team has seen just about everything (Feel free to take that as a challenge!).  We didn’t get voted Best Movers 7 years in a row for nothing! Sagacious: Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment.  Our admin team, those lovely folks you kind of think may be at least partly robotic, are crazy-good at estimates. In fact, they tend to be right while estimating times more often than our actual movers–just don’t ask them to move anything larger than their laptops. Fulgurant: Flashing like lightning; brilliant. Maybe this is a stretch, but we do take pride in how fast we respond to emails.  We see it, we respond, and FLASH: you’ve got mail. Puissant: Mighty, or having great power or influence. Our movers lift for a living, so they have both the strength and the know-how.  They actually complete roughly 10 to 12 Herculean labors during training, ranging from loading a storage pod to slaying the nine-headed hydra. Celeripedean: Swift-footed.  Our movers are fast and efficient, like a mix between wing-sandaled Hermes and super-buff Hercules. And maybe, like, some Helios since he pulled the sun across the sky.  He was pretty much a mythical mover with a much stranger truck. Doughty: Brave and persistent.  Yes, this word applies to our movers, always facing new challenges and working through them.  Also, our operations and admin teams, working side by side to offer the best customer service we can.  But also it apply to me, personally, right now, trying desperately to sell this move to you.  C’mon. Do it. Sempiternal: Eternal and unchanging.  Now, we here at Bookstore Movers are always in flux.  We’re constantly changing–growing as a company, adding more trucks, hiring more amazing people. But some things never change.  We will always strive to provide amazing service. We have a commitment to excellence and a reputation to back it up.  We are here to make things easier on you, and that will never, ever change. So what’s the epimyth here? We here at BSM are here to help, whether it be with a move (hopefully!) or with learning a few new words that I myself may have had to google to double-check the meanings.  You may also learned that we are often a sesquipedal people prone to long and goofy tangents, but that’s just another sempiternal fact of Bookstore Movers.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks, Hill Rag!

Lookin' Jolly Thanks to local Capitol Hill realtor Heather Schoell for entrusting Bookstore Movers to provide the type of top notch industry expertise that her monthly column in the Hill Rag “Real Estate Matters” is known for! In addition to providing a high quality service for our clients, BSM takes pride in being able serve the local community and partner with other like minded people, businesses and organizations in this mission, and are grateful that we had the opportunity to connect with Heather and offer some practical moving advice for this month’s readers.  The Hill Rag is an incredible resource for a variety of information and we congratulate them in recently celebrating their 40th anniversary. Check them out online, go directly to the rest of our blog for more moving specific tips and other relevant relocation related information, or our estimate form to schedule your next move!
 

Craftsmanship

As most of you may have noticed, I am incredibly new to the Bookstore Movers universe. As far as I know, most of my co-workers are collections of ideas and atoms that exist in some sort of state far away from my tiny little home office. I hope to change that soon, and the company itself has been nothing short of accommodating, open, and just all around friendly to a new, nerdy writer like me. So, even without faces to the names, or deeds to the ideals, I still feel quite comfortable around the movers, the administration, and the people with whom I work. And I realized after going on Yelp after I was hired that I wasn’t alone. I would like to invite those of you who have the chance to read the blog to also read the first page on Yelp about us. A quick glance will tell you that Bookstore Movers has an impeccable record, and an overwhelming amount of positive reviews. Sure, this sounds like bragging, or the world’s least subtle advertisement, but I wanted to bring it up because I think there’s an incredibly important detail in the majority of the reviews; the fact that the reviewer mentioned the names of the movers. There is something incredibly intimate about knowing the names of those who are working for you – it strips away the barrier of worker/master mentality and creates a space that, when done honestly, allows both parties to function as one harmonious and symbiotic unit. This was largely evident in the reviews I came across, as each one contained a “Chris”, “Pete”, “Craig”, “Benny” or “Rashim” – filled to the brim with proper nouns! What an incredibly interesting feat – even for a local company, and rarer for a company where most encounters are only for a short time and one-time. I didn’t write this post to brag about the company or to pull a certain sense of empathy and understanding from my readers – rather, I wrote it to show that there really is heart in what Bookstore Movers does. Whether it’s volunteering, throwing social events, or most importantly, moving someone, Bookstore Movers has an incredible sense of duty and pride. I say this as a relatively new employee, and more importantly, as someone who has yet to belong to the BSM family. In a way, I suppose this little blurb ceases to be about Bookstore Movers’ ratings, or even moving – it’s about the value of working hard and letting your work define you. No matter what the service is; from moving, to serving you coffee or food, to creating murals or constructing buildings – the true value is not in the speed, the price, or the method. The true value is how seriously those who work take their work, how much pride they have in it, and how much they truly love their work. If they take their work seriously, they take themselves seriously, and their work will reflect that. The artistry, mastery, and efficiency that makes one perform excellently will come naturally. So, when you are looking for a craftsman, a service, or a company, find out how many people remember the names, the faces, and the attitudes that accompanied the work – if they do so in a positive light – then you have found those who wear their heart on their sleeve; and it’s these types of people that we should be happy to support.

Best of 2012

In our humble opinion, the best thing about the new year are the endless “Best of” lists that start popping up in mid-December.  Best movies! Best photos! Best sports moments! How about Best Moments in Moving?  2012 was a great year for us, we were busier than ever and met a ton of interesting and wonderful people through our work.  Here is our own little highlight reel of quotes from our favorite reviews of 2012. If you want to see more, go and check out our page on Yelp!   “These guys arrived early and finished just in time!  They have all the tools necessary to move you.  Anything fragile they’ll wrap up and strap down.  Also,  they are very knowledgeable about spacing issues.  […]  I would definitely recommend this service and shall be using them in the future!” – Jack T.   “I’m glad that my desired move-in date didn’t fit the schedule of another top-rated moving company on Yelp, because I can’t imagine how they could’ve surpassed the service that Chris and Rashim provided. […]   I’m writing this review after having had a chance to unpack everything – not a scratch or ding to be found anywhere. I will recommend Bookstore Movers to anyone who asks for my recommendation.” -Jonny V. “In the words of the immortal Jeff Spicoli: “Awesome! Totally AWESOME!” […]  Normally moving into a place is an exhausting and frustrating process, but these guys actually made it fun! If you need moving help of any kind, don’t go with anyone but Bookstore Movers!!!!!!” -Stephanie K.   “The price they quoted me was way less than any other place I contacted. The guys were quick, careful, and were awesome people in general. […]  I’m moving again, and I’m hoping they’ll be available! From start to finish, they provided the most stress-free moving experience I’ve ever had.” -Abbey B.   “I cannot say enough good things about Benny and the team that moved me into my new condo today! Despite some challenges with the staff at my old building, they were totally cool about everything and made my move quick and painless. “ -K. M.   “Absolutely five star. Matt, Craig, and Aaron turned a day I was dreading into a stress-free experience.  […] Craig and Aaron arrived at my apartment at 7:51am for an 8am move. […] The guys worked hard and fast – they broke down beds and one piece of weird furniture, moved a mountain of boxes, and wrapped dressers and other pieces for transport in just over an hour. They were creative at my new apartment when the alley wasn’t conducive to an efficient move. They set up our beds and arranged the boxes neatly. I’m extremely satisfied with my moving experience. Hopefully, I’m going to stay in my new apartment for a while, but if my friends move, I’ll know who to refer!” – Lexie D.   —   Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a review or let us know what you think – it means a lot to us to get feedback like this, it’s nice to feel like we’re doing a good job. Thank you all, and happy new year!

Featured in Local DC Paper, Roll Call

We’ve pasted the article here because Roll Call is a subscription site. Hopefully we won’t get in trouble for this…  

A Literary Crew to Lug Your Life Treasures

                    In the realm of Craigslist ads for moving companies, the word  “erudite” sticks out like a leather-bound volume of Camus on a Walmart shelf. As does “bibliophilic.” Many movers’ online advertisements boast of their brawn and speed (frequently employing poor grammar and an excess of exclamation points!!!!), but Bookstore Movers, based on Capitol Hill, sells a more literary brand. Its owner, Matt Wixon, is a part-time employee of Capitol Hill Books, the creaky row-house shop near Eastern Market known for its floor-to-ceiling towers of secondhand tomes. Wixon hopes to someday buy the store from its current owner when he retires, and he started the moving company, with help from fellow bookstore employees Aaron Beckwith and Kyle Burk, as a way to raise the funds he’ll need. Wixon is a former philosophy and English major whose shaved head and goatee give him the look of a nightclub bouncer. Still, on a recent morning, he has a bit of down time in between moving jobs, and he seems perfectly at home among the bookstore’s sagging shelves. As he scales the store’s narrow stairs — lined, of course, with teetering stacks — he has to shift his broad shoulders sideways to avoid knocking down a paperback or two. The moving company is a means to an end, and the goal is to preserve Capitol Hill Books, a quirky outpost in a world dominated by iPads and Amazon.com. “You’re really engaged in a labor of love,” Wixon says. “You feel like you’re battling forces of inevitability.” Jim Toole, the bookstore’s current owner, approached his young employees several years ago with the idea that they might take over the store someday. “I’m not going to live forever, and I thought maybe they will bring some verve and new ideas,” says Toole. He declines to give his age but admits, “I’m just a stale old fart.” Toole, a former Navy officer, is one of Capitol Hill’s characters, known for a gruff demeanor and ultra-dry humor that serves as a kind of litmus test: Either you get it and you become a loyal customer, or you don’t. Toole, who bought the bookstore in 1994, has taught his potential successors the essentials of running the bookstore, which he says mostly comes down to finding more books. Most other kinds of stores sell products that can be ordered wholesale. A used-bookstore owner, though, must constantly shuck and jive to stock his shelves, scouring estate sales, auctions and charity book sales. Wixon doesn’t know just how much money he’ll need to raise. He might just buy the store’s stock and the name, or he might try a trickier feat in Washington’s hot real-estate market and purchase the building from Toole. He’s also unsure when he’ll need the money. Toole isn’t ready to give up the used-book game just yet, Wixon says. But Toole himself has a contradictory story. He says he’s ready to retire once Wixon can slap a big enough check on the table. But then his eyes twinkle. Was that one of his inscrutable jokes? Wixon is pondering changes he might make to the store, possibly keeping later hours and opening a cafe in the back. Its eccentricity, though, will remain. “I don’t want to change it too much,” he says. “I like the way it is — a suspended tidal wave of books that, at any moment, might engulf you.” After graduating in 2000 from the College of William and Mary and kicking around for a few years doing social work, Wixon, an Arlington, Va., native, came back to Washington and found a job at Capitol Hill Books. He started picking up manual labor jobs on then-nascent Craigslist, and he eventually placed his own ads. Now, he owns two trucks and plans to buy a third next month. The story of a scrappy gang of overeducated guys with the dream of owning an indie used bookstore is a marketing gold mine. Imagine the characters in “High Fidelity” on an underdog mission a la the “Bad News Bears.” Bookstore Movers’ Craigslist ads play up the pathos: “Employees of a local independent used bookstore on Capitol Hill do moves to save up to purchase it upon the owner’s retirement,” they read. The pitch often attracts clients with big book collections; they are Hill staffers and labor activists, Republican National Committee employees and teachers. “They’re just people who love books and like the idea of being moved by people who love books,” Wixon says. The company’s six employees are all connected to the bookstore in some way. Either like Wixon, Beckwith and Burk, they have worked at the shop, or they know employees. “One guy is the younger brother of a girl who works at the front desk, and another is the ex-boyfriend of another girl who works there,” he says. Only one employee came from outside the Capitol Hill Books orbit: When the Washington City Paper named the company D.C.’s “Best Mover,” the mention prompted a call from a kindred spirit seeking work — a philosophy graduate student from Georgetown University. Still, Wixon allows that a college degree — and the “erudition” they boast of in their ads — has limited practical benefits during a move. “It might help us to have more interesting conversations with each other in the truck,” he says.