Main Street/Shop Local

01 Jul

Around Indies

Bluebird Books hosts Superman-themed Shop Local scavenger hunt; Burke’s Book Store changes with the times, marks 140 years; Lake Country Booksellers celebrates 35th anniversary; Business magazine features King’s English for Local First efforts; Joyce Meskis discusses Tattered Cover’s changing ownership

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01 Jul

Letterpress Books Thrives in Portland, Maine

Letterpress Books, which opened in Portland, Maine, in October 2013, is seeing business increase by the day, bolstered by good word-of-mouth, Portland’s strong Buy Local movement, and its owners’ commitment to filling the diverse needs of the local community.

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30 Jun

2015 Find Waldo Local Kicks Off July 1

Find Waldo Local 2015 begins on Wednesday, July 1, at indie bookstores and other locally owned businesses across the country. The event, sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA, has become a summer tradition.

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25 Jun

Around Indies

Antigone Books to celebrate Independents Week; Itinerant Literate profiled for unique approach to bookselling; Finally Found Books goes nonprofit 

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23 Jun

How Home Improvement Can Become Hometown Improvement By Shopping Indie

“Home Sweet Home,” a new study from Civic Economics for Independent We Stand and the North American Retail Hardware Association, shows that purchasing through locally owned home improvement stores generates twice as much local economic activity than shopping at a chain store.

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04 Jun

Opening Approaches for Bank Square’s Savoy Bookshop & Café

The owners of Connecticut’s Bank Square Books will open Savoy Bookshop & Café in nearby Westerly, Rhode Island, in late summer. The store, in the former Savoy Hotel, will feature wooden floors and open brick walls in a 2,500-square-foot, two-level space.

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29 May

Independent Bookstore Day Announces Plans for 2016

The second annual Independent Bookstore Day will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, the event’s organizers announced on Friday.

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21 May

San Francisco Booksellers Welcome Mayor’s B2B Shop Local Campaign

Longtime Bay Area small business advocates Pete Mulvihill, co-owner of Green Apple Books, and Hut Landon, NCIBA executive director, this week welcomed the launch of SF Biz Connect, a citywide business-to-business shop local campaign.

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21 May

ABA Members Voice Concerns at Small Business Majority Leadership Summit

Booksellers expressing concerns on a range of issues during the Small Business Majority’s first-ever Small Business Leadership Summit last week included incoming ABA President Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop, Bradley Graham of Politics & Prose, Christin Evans of The Booksmith and Kepler’s Books, and Kris Kleindienst of Left Bank Books.

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14 May

A Most Successful Year for Left Bank Books

For St. Louis, Missouri’s Left Bank Books, the past year was the most successful — as well as one of the most eventful — in the store’s 46-year history.

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13 May

Advocates for Independent Business Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, Stacy Mitchell and Fred Clements of Advocates for Independent Business took the U.S. Congress to task for favoring the interests of big corporations at the expense of Main Street retailers and small businesses.

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13 May

New Orleans’ Belated Independent Bookstore Day Deemed a Success

Sales were strong at three New Orleans indies that banded together to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day a week later than the rest of the country, due to a conflict with Jazz Fest.

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07 May

Independent Bookstore Day Celebrated at Stores Nationwide

Booksellers celebrated the inaugural Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, and early reports indicate that sales were up at 80 percent of responding stores, compared to the first Saturday of May 2014.

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06 May

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Urges Progressive Caucus to Support Local Economies

Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, recently testified at a Congressional Progressive Caucus forum on how federal public policy is skewed to favor big corporations and places small businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

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04 May

ILSR: Local Officials Must Say No to Amazon Tax Breaks

In this commentary from the op-ed page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains why the news that Amazon wants to expand its footprint in Minnesota — but only if it wins significant public subsidies — should put taxpayers and public officials on high alert.

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