Leverage Local: Actionable Ideas from Baltimore Indie Retail

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:20 AM to 10:20 AM EST
Johnson, Floor 1, Hilton

Being an independent bookstore in today’s retail environment means working tirelessly to stay connected and relevant to your customers in the store and online, while simultaneously participating in your greater community by advocating for independent retail as a key to downtown economic stability. It’s a big job! And all independent retailers, not just booksellers, are meeting this challenge in various ways. Come to this session to hear from Baltimore’s diverse and unique independent retailer stars, ask questions, and discover ideas to apply to your bookstore. Panelists: Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY), Tom Mansfield, Charm City Run (Baltimore, MD), Claudia Towles, aMuse Toys (Baltimore, MD), Mark Wasson, A Few Cool Hardware Stores (Washington, D.C./Baltimore, MD/Alexandria, VA), Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY)

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

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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