Last time, you met Holly. In the next of our series it's time to find out a little bit more about Nick:
Hi Nick, thanks for chatting to the blog! First of all tell us how long you’ve been at Scriptum?
I’ve been here five months now. It really hasn’t felt like five months though - it’s been going by so fast. When you’re having fun you don’t really notice time going by.
What did you think of Scriptum the first time you visited?
Honestly, my first reaction was “wow! It’s my shop”, because if I had a dream shop it would be Scriptum. I’m still not done purchasing everything that I want to buy! I liked all of the detail in the shop - there are so many nooks and crannies, where you wouldn’t necessary think to look straight away, where you can find little treasures. I really think it takes a good four or five visits to the shop before you can take in a good chunk of everything - every time you come back you’ll find something you missed.
Now that you work here, what would you say is your favourite thing about Scriptum?
As much as people would think one might complain about the opera playing constantly in the shop, I never get tired of it. I even go home and listen to more. It gives the shop a bit of extra ambience and sets the mood, like you’re actually stepping into another world. As soon as you step out of the shop you can’t hear the music any more and you’re back in reality.
Ok, so in case our readers can’t detect your Louisiana accent through their computer screens, you’re from the States aren’t you? Can you tell us about the difference between Oxford and Lafayette, where you’re from?
They’re roughly the same size in population but I’d say the similarities end there. There’s definitely a lot more charm to Oxford, but having said that Lafayette is probably a bit more fun [Nick looks slightly guilty for saying this - ed] - there’s definitely a liveliness to Lafayette, with its Cajun culture.
Holly, as we learned last time, has her calligraphy. You also have a creative outlet outside Scriptum, don’t you?
I have a bachelors degree in fine arts and I concentrated on painting and drawing, which I still love, but currently my work takes the form of building sort of dioramas and sets for claymation. I enjoy making the little rooms that I create, I have a big soft spot for interiors - that’s another reason Scriptum appeals to me. I love the layout and interior of the shop.
You mentioned earlier that you still haven’t bought all of the things in the shop that you’d like to… Do you think you might have a bit of an addiction to shopping at Scriptum, despite working here?!
Haha, I think so. It definitely started out with my owl purchase before I began working here. I bought a taxidermy owl and after that I was hooked. Working here doesn’t make it any easier because each time I come in I see any new stock we have and just go “ooh”. I still have a laundry list of items I’m planning to get. My wife says I’m starting to develop an addiction to wax seals; I already have six, along with eight different colours of wax. I even have a fleur de lys for letters back home as that’s the symbol of the local football team, the New Orleans Saints.