Our People (and Dogs)
Come in and visit us and meet our staff. Mary Spring has been the owner of Brighter Life Bookshoppe for 25 years. She and her husband Ron have four boys and five grandchildren. Ron is an invaluable member of the Brighter Life team. In addition to being Mary's very best friend, he is the guy who can fix just about anything that needs fixing at Brighter Life. When the store moved from Henderson Street to our current location, Ron is the one who moved most of it. Trip after trip in his little black pickup truck over a period of one whole month without ever complaining will make us all forever indebted to him and very, very grateful for him. Our manager, Dana Johnson, is a pastor's wife and the mother of five children and six grandchildren. Tracy Owen is married and has two children. She is also the daughter-in-law of Mary Spring, the owner. Cathy Robinson comes to us from the Cameron area and is the wife of a farmer, the mother of three and the grandmother of two. Another one of our wonderful employees is Mary Reed. Mary and her husband, Gary live at Oak Run. Mary is retired from working at Caterpillar in Peoria. She is a great addition to our group. Our youngest employee is Brooke Benedict. Brooke is in her second year at Carl Sandburg College. She is a fun and friendly addition to our staff. If you shop at the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays when Tracy is working, you will get to meet Stella. Stella is a Shihtzu and enjoys coming to work at Brighter Life. She 's been coming to work since she was a tiny puppy and is turning into a very good girl (most of the time). Like we humans, Stella has her little quirks - but most times they're funny little quirks! There was a plan once for Mary's dog, Bob, to come to the store. Poor Bob. It's not looking too favorable for him to be a store mascot EVER. He has way too much energy to be let loose at Brighter Life. Bob is a goldendoodle.
Mary is so thankful for each and every one of her employees. In November of 2010, just before the busiest season of the year, Mary suffered a heart attack. These faithful employees took over the day-to-day running of the store and handled everything. As Mary recuperated, she realized that it was kind of nice spending more time with her retired husband, so she is not spending as many hours at Brighter Life as she used to. The employees continue to run the store. They are the ones who make Brighter Life the beautiful place that it is today. Mary thanks God for them everyday...EVERYDAY!
All of us at Brighter Life are here to serve you. Come see us anytime!