Main Street/Shop Local

30 Apr

Bookstores Nationwide Ready for Saturday’s Celebration of Independent Bookstore Day

For the first annual nationwide celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, this Saturday, May 2, indie bookstores in cities and towns across the country will feature book-related activities, special promotions, prizes, and signed prints and literary merchandise from well-known authors created exclusively for the day.

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29 Apr

“Dream Big” This National Small Business Week

As a supporting cosponsor of National Small Business Week, this May 4 – 8, ABA presents a column by Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, on the event’s many offerings.

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23 Apr

BTW News Briefs

All the Light We Cannot See wins Pulitzer Prize; NRF contest celebrates small retailers’ contributions to advocacy; BEA to host publishing technology startup competition for second year; De Gruyter to distribute Columbia University Press e-books

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23 Apr

Community Support Advances Opening of Phoenix Books in Rutland

Vermont’s Phoenix Books is using a “community supported enterprise” model to open a 2,400-square-foot space in Rutland this August. This will be the third store for Mike DeSanto and Renée Reiner, his wife and business partner.

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23 Apr

Around Indies

New indie opens in eastern Illinois; Elliott Bay Café to become Little Oddfellows; river’s end welcomes cash mob; Common Good Books celebrates Poetry Month with contest winners; Thriving indies among reasons to love Missoula

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09 Apr

Seattle Bookstores Band Together for Independent Bookstore Day

Seventeen Seattle booksellers will be collaborating to crown some of their most dedicated customers as Indie Bookstore Champs.

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02 Apr

Party Planning Underway for Independent Bookstore Day

In-store celebrations for the first annual Independent Bookstore Day on May 2 run the gamut from a Mad Hatter tea party to a literary trivia challenge to a live writing competition. 

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18 Mar

Interactive Independent Bookstore Day Map Goes Live

Readers awaiting the May 2 celebration of Independent Bookstore Day can now use an interactive Independent Bookstore Day map to find the more than 350 bookstores that will be selling the event’s special literary-themed merchandise.

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10 Mar

March 15 Deadline to Preregister for Find Waldo Local

ABA member stores have just a few days left to sign up for the 2015 Find Waldo Local campaign, co-sponsored by Candlewick and ABA.

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18 Feb

2015 Survey Finds Strong Sales Growth for Independent Businesses Buoyed by Public Support

Independent businesses experienced strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to the 2015 Independent Business Survey, conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Business.

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29 Jan

Wi10 Session to Highlight Planning Strategies for Independent Bookstore Day

Booksellers will have the opportunity to attend a Winter Institute education session offering actionable tips and advice for planning successful participation in Independent Bookstore Day, which will be celebrated this year on Saturday, May 2.

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22 Jan

Around Indies

Phoenix Books to open third location; BookPeople of Moscow to take readers to Italy; Idaho booksellers offer favorite picks on local TV; Old Firehouse Books wins signing with Neil Gaiman; La Casa Azul Bookstore awarded $150,000 Mission Main Street Grant; Ken White to leave Books Inc.

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22 Jan

Find Waldo Local 2015 Preregistration Begins

Preregistration for the 2015 Find Waldo Local campaign is open through March 15. Participation is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

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22 Jan

Ordering Underway for Independent Bookstore Day’s Special Items

Booksellers making plans to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, 2015, should place their orders now for limited-edition, literary-themed merchandise developed by publishers exclusively for the event. Orders are due by February 1.

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15 Jan

Wi10’s Indie Retail Crawl Will Have Attendees Shopping Local

Independent business owners in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, are preparing for the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Retail Crawl, a three-hour shopping bonanza featuring discounts and unique merchandise that kicks off the 10th anniversary Winter Institute.

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