Main Street/Shop Local

27 Feb

Independent Bookstore Day Brings Back Marketing-in-a-Mailer

The Independent Bookstore Day Marketing-in-a-Mailer contains signage, stickers, teasers, shelf-talkers, and balloons to help bookstores promote the event. The kit costs $20 and orders are due March 15.

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23 Feb

March 1 Deadline for Find Waldo Local Registration

ABA member booksellers have until Thursday, March 1, to sign up for the seventh annual celebration of Find Waldo Local, the shop local scavenger hunt held every July at small businesses nationwide.

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14 Feb

Trenton, New Jersey, Seeks Independent Bookstore

The City of Trenton is offering financial incentives for an independent bookstore willing to open a location in a section of the city’s downtown area.

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05 Feb

Celeste Ng Named Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador

The fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at more than 490 independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 28.

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31 Jan
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“Groundhog Day” Movie Connection Drives Tourists to Bookstore

Read Between the Lynes bookstore is ready for a busy Groundhog Day holiday weekend thanks to the 1993 Bill Murray movie filmed in its town, Woodstock, Illinois.

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29 Jan
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Independent Bookstore Day Orders Due February 2

Booksellers have until Friday, February 2, to place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, which will be held April 28.

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23 Jan

Preregister Now for Find Waldo Local 2018

Candlewick Press will provide participating independent bookstores with a toolkit containing everything needed to stage a Find Waldo Local event in their community. The deadline to register is March 1.

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16 Jan
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Independent Business Groups Urge U.S. Government to Buy Local

The Advocates for Independent Business is urging the General Services Administration to remember the value of shopping locally as they design Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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16 Jan
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Independent Bookstore Day Catalog Goes Live

Booksellers can now place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Orders are due February 2.

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12 Jan

Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Seventh Year Begins January 23

Online preregistration for the 2018 Find Waldo Local campaign opens on January 23. Participation in the seventh annual small business scavenger hunt is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

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29 Nov

Authors, Readers Connect at Indie Bookstores Nationwide on Indies First

Hundreds of authors showed their support for local independent booksellers by spending Indies First on Small Business Saturday, November 25, greeting customers and hand-selling books at indie bookstores.

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21 Nov
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Last Chance to Get on the Indies First Map and Get Noticed!

The Indies First map serves as a central source for customers, media, authors, and publishers to see what’s happening in bookstores nationwide on Small Business Saturday, November 25.

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20 Nov

Making the Most of Indies First on Small Business Saturday: Some Final Reminders

With just a few days to go until Indies First on Small Business Saturday, here are some last-minute reminders and tips for making the most of the celebration.

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15 Nov

Indies Believe They Are Better Positioned Than Chains to Weather Amazon’s Growth

A new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business reports that as bricks-and-mortar retail faces new stresses, the impacts appear to be playing out differently for independent retailers than for chains.

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15 Nov
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Defense Bill Could Provide Amazon With $53 Billion Government Procurement Market

A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act could secure Amazon significant government purchasing power; ABA is urging Senate and House leadership to remove the provision before the bill is signed.

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