Sandcastle Tales Bookstore Alex Rhett of Del Mar dreamed of owning a business that would serve the community while celebrating her family’s love of literature. Last summer that dream came true when Rhett and her husband of 17 years opened Sandcastle Tales, a boutique children’s bookstore in the heart of their hometown. The shop is dedicated to fostering memorable experiences for parents and their kids. In addition to a thoughtfully curated selection of books, toys and gifts, Sandcastle Tales offers crafts and author events for families to enjoy together. According to Rhett, the road to entrepreneurship wasn’t always smooth. She says she carved out work time in the late evenings and early mornings in order to launch the store while raising three children ages 11, 7 and 4. “My advice to other moms looking to become business owners is to take it one step at time, using whatever little windows of opportunity you have,” she says. Visit Sandcastle Tales at www.sandcastletales.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @SandcastleTales.
How can people support you during your bookstore closure? We have great children’s books, crafts, toys and kits for children learning at home, so please call, email or place an online order for pick-up or local delivery. Also, consider purchasing e-gift cards to donate to families in need. – Alex
How has COVID-19 impacted the way you’re doing business? I am sharing mindful media videos on my YouTube channel to help entertain kids. Please subscribe at https://youtube.com/ kathrynthegrape and follow me on social media. I’ve also added “Free Resources” to my site—printable coloring pages, word searches and more for children to enjoy at home. – Kathryn
Kathryn Cloward Kathryn the Grape Kathryn Cloward, known to young fans as Kathryn the Grape, is a passionate storyteller who encourages kids to practice mindfulness through original books and music. “I desire to help people feel good about themselves and others,” Cloward says. “I know from personal experience, that’s an inside job. We ripple love from the inside out.” As an author and songwriter, Cloward works to share meaningful life lessons in a voice that captivates children with its authenticity. In 2019 she released her seven-book Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series along with a 10-book Kathryn the Grape Let’s Read Together Series for younger kids. Both sets of books won Mom’s Choice Awards for Family Friendly Media Products. Her new album, “I Feel Good About Myself,” is available this month and features 11 original songs designed to promote selfacceptance in youngsters. To learn more and get information about Kathryn the Grape’s album release show, visit www.kathrynthegrape.com.
22 • SanDiegofamily.com • May 2020