Main Street/Shop Local

15 Jun

Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Find Waldo Local Launches July 1

This July, 250 independent bookstores will participate in the fifth anniversary year of Find Waldo Local, a shop local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA.

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13 Jun

Bluebird Books Debuts Summer Book Bingo for Grown-ups

Melanie Green, owner of Bluebird Books in Hutchinson, Kansas, has designed a bingo game card for adults, a grown-up version of the store’s summer book bingo for kids.

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08 Jun

Bookmark It Turns to “Experiential” Sales Model

Bookmark It in Orlando, Florida, recently shifted from selling books at a stall in the local market to renting space and organizing events at other small businesses and in cooperation with area nonprofits.

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31 May

The Queens Bookshop Fundraising Initiative Enters Final Month

Former B&N staffers Vina Castillo, Natalie Noboa, and Holly Nikodem are seeking to raise $70,000 by June 23 to open a general-interest bookstore in Queens, New York.

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25 May

Farmers’ Markets and Main Street Businesses: Natural Partners

Main Street businesses, such as bookstores, that create relationships with their local farmers’ markets can benefit their own bottom lines while contributing to a community environment that nurtures social ties.

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11 May

Stacy Mitchell on the New Localism: Time to Up the Game

In the opening plenary at BookExpo America, small business expert Stacy Mitchell addressed the challenges facing the localism movement and gave an overview of key policy issues and advocacy goals.

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03 May

Second Independent Bookstore Day a Hit at Stores Nationwide

Indie booksellers reported bustling stores, extraordinary sales, happy customers, and soaring community spirit following Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.

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26 Apr

New Report Examines Strategies to Create Affordable Rents for Indies

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explores six strategies that cities are using to create an affordable environment where local businesses can thrive.

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26 Apr

Booksellers Take Independent Bookstore Day Initiatives Statewide

To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, booksellers in Vermont and New Jersey are launching programs to showcase the range of indie bookstores each state has to offer. 

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13 Apr

Booksellers Gear Up for Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

Hundreds of bookstores across the nation will participate in Independent Bookstore Day on April 30 with all-day celebrations featuring book-themed refreshments, poetry on demand, animal adoptions, and more.

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06 Apr

Stacy Mitchell to Present Plenary at BEA on the New Localism Challenge: Bookseller Discussion Groups Follow

Booksellers at BEA are encouraged to join Stacy Mitchell, a nationally recognized expert on small business and healthy local economies, for an insightful plenary talk about the evolution of localism from primarily a consumer movement to one that also includes policy development and political change.

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25 Mar

Spring Forum “New Localism” Video Clips Available

Three video clips featured in the ABA Booksellers Forum education session “Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do” are now available on the ABA YouTube channel.

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23 Mar

Louisiana Law Levels Playing Field for Main Street Retailers

Starting April 1, certain remote retailers will be required to collect and remit Louisiana sales tax, as a result of e-fairness legislation passed earlier this month.

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22 Mar

New Localism Toolkit a Boon to Booksellers

Kevin Gillies of City Stacks Books & Coffee and Nina Barrett of Bookends & Beginnings will be using some of the many resources in ABA’s New Localism Toolkit to educate customers, elected officials, and others about the need for public policies that ensure the health of locally owned businesses and their communities.

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17 Mar

Amazon Delivers Hardship for Local Business Owners

In an op-ed that first appeared in the Daily Californian, Amy Thomas, the president of Pegasus Books, explains why we should all be concerned that Amazon continues to create an existential crisis that affects more than bookstores.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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