Main Street/Shop Local

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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15 Nov
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Booksellers Highlight Strategies for Promoting Indies First to Shoppers

Booksellers are tapping into the power of social media, store newsletters, bag stuffers, and one-on-one conversations to alert shoppers that Indies First on Small Business Saturday is around the corner.

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15 Nov

Booksellers Join in Neighborhood Toy Store Day Celebrations

Several ABA member bookstores that also sell toys were among the retailers taking part in ASTRA’s Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 11, when toy retailers officially kicked off the holiday season.

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31 Oct

Museum Store Sunday Encourages Shoppers to Come Out on Thanksgiving Weekend

Coming the day after Indies First on Small Business Saturday, Museum Store Sunday is a new event to encourage shoppers to think local for their holiday gifts.

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15 Aug

The Doylestown Bookshop to Open Second Store: The Lahaska Bookshop

Glenda Childs, owner of The Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has plans to open The Lahaska Bookshop, a second store in nearby Lahaska, this September.

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15 Aug

Politics & Prose to Open Second New Branch Location This Fall

Politics & Prose, the iconic Washington, D.C., indie bookstore, has announced plans to open a new store at The Wharf, a new mile-long development on the city’s historic Southwest waterfront.

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08 Aug

Outer Banks Power Outage Inspires Customer Support for Buxton Village Books

Buxton Village Books in Buxton, North Carolina, was one of many Outer Banks businesses that lost money due to a power outage last week, prompting an outpouring of remote support from regular customers.

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07 Aug

First Texas Independent Bookstore Day Spotlights Literary Texas

The first annual Texas Independent Bookstore Day, held on Saturday, August 5, celebrated the state’s bookstores and their communities.

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02 Aug

Jason Reynolds Named Spokesperson for Indies First

Author Jason Reynolds will be the spokesperson for this year’s celebration of Indies First, which takes place on Small Business Saturday, November 25.

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31 Jul

Booksellers Celebrate Sixth Find Waldo Local, 30th Anniversary of Where’s Waldo?

This July, indie booksellers celebrated the sixth anniversary of Find Waldo Local and the 30th anniversary of Where’s Waldo?, with many bookstores capping off the month with a finale party.

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27 Jun

ABA Member Bookstores Prepare for Sixth Annual Find Waldo Local

ABA member bookstores are gearing up for the 2017 celebration of Find Waldo Local, sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association. The sixth annual shop local event kicks off on Saturday, July 1.

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03 May

Booksellers Mark Third Independent Bookstore Day With Festive Celebrations

More than 400 bookstores nationwide celebrated Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29, with all-day events featuring author signings, special discounts, and book-themed refreshments.

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26 Apr

Bookstores Collaborate on Local Promotions for Independent Bookstore Day

Groups of booksellers are planning a variety of special promotions and reader challenges in their cities for Independent Bookstore Day, which takes place this Saturday, April 29.

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