Main Street/Shop Local

28 Nov

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Amidst a wide range of shop local festivities and author events, this year booksellers celebrated Indies First on Small Business Saturday by giving away copies of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost to kids in underserved communities.

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14 Nov

Third Place Hosts Congresswoman Jayapal and Other Ways to Create Connections With Elected Officials

Third Place Books Managing Partner Robert Sindelar offers a few best practices for booksellers looking to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their local and state elected officials.

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07 Nov

“Love Your Bookstore” Challenge Kicks Off November 10

Readers will share their love of bookstores by taking part in the Love Your Bookstore Challenge between November 10 and 16.

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06 Nov

Amazon Holds Advanced HQ2 Talks With Crystal City, New York City, and Dallas

The company’s request for proposals, which kicked off the search for a second location last year, led to a bidding war among 238 cities and regions, though the proposals have largely been kept under wraps.

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31 Oct
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Booksellers Get Spooky on Social Media for Halloween

Booksellers are celebrating Halloween 2018 with creative book displays, themed window decorations, and festive events.

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16 Oct
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Board Games Offer Boost in Sales for Indie Bookstores

Here, booksellers discuss the benefits of selling board games. Booksellers who are registered for Winter Institute 2019 who can offer their experiences for an education panel on the topic should let ABA know now.

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09 Oct
Love Your Bookstore logo

“Love Your Bookstore” to Celebrate Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores in November

Readers are encouraged to share their love of bookstores during the weeklong celebration of Love Your Bookstore, a new retail holiday that will take place from Saturday, November 10, to Friday, November 16.

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02 Oct
FTC hearings announcement

FTC Begins Antitrust Hearings

In September, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings titled “Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”

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19 Sep
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Jason Reynolds to Kick Off “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” Campaign at Miami Book Fair

Over the course of several days, Reynolds will participate in school presentations across Miami, where he will address 600 students, most from Title I schools.

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19 Sep

Boston City Councilors Propose Legislation to Protect Local Economy

The policy would recognize chain stores as a distinct land use and would require a conditional use permit for such businesses to open and operate in a neighborhood business district.

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19 Sep
ILSR Report: Amazon's Next Frontier

ILSR Report Convinces Local Government to Stop Buying From Amazon

Gayle Shanks of Arizona’s Changing Hands Bookstore was able to persuade Tempe’s local government not to renew its purchasing contract from Amazon and to support independent businesses instead.

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01 Aug

Booksellers Celebrate Seventh Annual Find Waldo Local

This July, independent booksellers across the U.S. celebrated another year of Find Waldo Local, the shop-local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

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17 Jul
Local Policy Action Toolkit

Take Action: AIB Releases Local Policy Action Toolkit

The toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses.

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25 Jun

National Retail Federation Seeks Nominees for America’s Retail Champions

The program, which will send up to 50 retailers to Washington, D.C., celebrates Main Street business owners who are community leaders and strong retail industry advocates at all levels of government.

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25 Jun

Find Waldo Local Kicks Off July 1

The news reports are rolling in as independent businesses nationwide once again prepare for the annual shop-local event featuring Waldo.

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