Trader of the Week Michael Moon’s Bookshop celebrated 50 years in business during lockdown – and happily shows no signs of stopping.

Business owner Michael Moon has been supplying antiquarian books to buyers across 45 countries all through lockdown, sending his books as far as Russia, Vietnam and China.

His business has continued to thrive in spite of the closure of non-essential shops.

He said: “I can work without opening the shop – I’ve done two orders this morning, one is going to Ireland.”

And the family-run business has reopened its shop on Lowther Street, Whitehaven, with customers now able to browse the selection of books. Protective screens are in place to protect the staff and customers from the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Moon said that it is good to be back: “I missed the interaction with the public – I’m quite happy to be talking to people.”

The Lowther Street bookshop is Mr Moon’s fourth shop and even in its 50th year he still enjoys the role.

He said:“I enjoy doing this. It keeps your brain sharp. It gets me out of bed in the morning.”

Mr Moon added that returning customers are glad to see a familiar face having spent so much time in lockdown.

Mr Moon usually runs the 13- room bookshop with his children but his staff are on furlough during the pandemic.

Mr Moon is an experienced businessman, which has served him well over the years, especially during the current health crisis.

He said: “I come from a business background – most things I’ve encountered in a previous life.

“We’re still here and we’re not going anywhere.

“You can get over everything.”

Mr Moon is a published author himself, having released more than 40 books (he has published 11 books on Whitehaven alone). The book seller added that he has enjoyed being his own boss over the years.

The opening times at Michael Moon’s Bookshop are different during the pandemic, and customers can browse a selection of literary works between 9.30am and 3pm.

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