After 26 Years, Virginia Kress is Retiring and the Store is Closing

To My Valued Friends and Customers

It is with both sadness and excitement that as of Saturday, August 31 I am formally announcing my retirement and the closing of The Readers Loft.

These past 26 years have brought so much joy I don’t even know how to properly express it. Not just the books themselves but all the people that have come into my life as a result; customers, authors and co-workers alike. My goal from the beginning was to create a haven from the frantic world we all find ourselves living in. I hope you have found over the years that The Reader’s Loft was a place of refuge and peace for you. From our book clubs to writing circles to poetry readings I hope you have also found nourishment for your mind and soul. I will miss you all!

On a more positive note, Amy will be opening a new bookstore created in her own vision on
Washington Street in downtown Green Bay. While her store Lion’s Mouth will offer the same
basic services as our current store, the setting will be a bit more contemporary. We hope you
will all continue your patronage of our local independent bookstore.

Thank you for your support over the years.
All the best,
Virginia Kress

Writers Workshop: Surviving and Thriving Beyond Trauma with Marie Parks Sumnicht

Julia Sumnicht was an ambitious 21-year- old junior at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse when her lofty dreams and life would end abruptly on March 15, 2010. Julia’s mysterious death during her spring break in Miami Beach, Florida, left unanswered questions and her family devastated.

The Sumnicht family would suffer further disappointment when the justice system crushed their hopes of bringing closure to Julia’s death.

In 2014, a nationally recognized investigator would confirm important information about Julia’s death but would leave further disillusionment.

Investigative findings would point circumstantial evidence to two suspects who were with Julia in her last hours. Faced with one challenge after another, Julia’s mother, Marie Sumnicht, would not be deterred in her search for resolution. A soul-searching journey would lead Marie through the depths of despair and toward a place of healing she never thought possible.

Beyond Broken Mission

• To empower bereaved parents and provide a roadmap of life truths.

• To guide families through sudden loss from senseless acts of injustice, and give them hope and peace.

• To passionately advocate date rape drug prevention and to provide steps for young people to avoid senseless deaths such as Julia’s.


Workshop discussion points:

1. When adversity or sudden tragedy occurs what happens to:

  • Our emotions
  • Our thoughts
  • Physical response (PTSD, etc.)

2. Why is change hard? Why are so many of us “stuck”?

3. The Power of Intention

4. The Power of Mindset

5. The Power of Action

6. The Power of Gratitude

7. The Power of Exercise/Movement

8. The Power of Habit

9. Failing Forward

Registation is required to attend this workshop. 

Event date: 
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Event address: 
2069 Central Court
Suite 44
Green Bay, WI 54311
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 26th, 2018