"At that time, [our managers] said we had to go to publishers ourselves," Greg said. "We slowly had to branch out. We couldn't give up."
Rather than throw up their hands and look for new work, the Nielsons took their contacts in the book world and started throwing book fairs at Idaho schools, supporting their libraries. Their stock of books soon outgrew their storage space, however, and starting Saturday, Dec. 22, they will kicked off what amounts to a running book fair, the Idaho Book Fairs Warehouse Store, which bills itself as the largest children's book store in the Gem State.
"We got so big we had no more room in the garage," said Greg. "This will let us better serve our schools."
The store, which will only be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., chiefly stocks new children's literature, though there will be a few adult titles available. Books are sold at retail price, with a portion of the proceeds going to the school of the buyer's choice—50 percent for approximately 100 qualifying schools, and 25 percent for many others across Idaho.
The hours may be a little wonky, Greg said, but they're designed to accommodate parents and kids, as well as people's work schedules.
"We work basically Monday through Friday. We have no time. All our teammates are in the field, and for children, the only time they're available is Saturday," he said.
The store is located at 1515 S. Wilson Street on the Boise Bench.