Main Street/Shop Local

14 Jan

Bookseller Input Needed for 2015 Post-Holiday Survey

ABA is encouraging all bookstore members to complete the annual Independent Business Survey. A link to the survey was sent to stores in an e-mail from ABA CEO Oren Teicher on January 7.

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08 Jan

Bookstores Report Healthy Sales, High Spirits Heading Into 2015

A strong kickoff on Small Business Saturday launched a successful national holiday season for independent bookstores, boosted by “buy local” campaigns and widespread media coverage that trumpeted local booksellers and the unique draw of neighborhood stores.

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07 Jan

ABA Members Urged to Complete 2015 Independent Business Survey

ABA is encouraging all member stores to take part in the annual post-holiday survey conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business coalition.

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23 Dec

An Ode to Local Shopping From BookBar

Denver, Colorado’s BookBar has penned a poem celebrating the joys of shopping at local, independent shops this holiday season.

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22 Dec

Independent Bookstore Day Reveals 2015 Logo

Claire Anderson-Ramos of The Book Cellar in Chicago, Illinois, has created a colorful, inspiring logo for Independent Bookstore Day.

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11 Dec

BTW News Briefs

Brookline Booksmith customer wins A.J. Fikry sweepstakes; NPR’s Morning Edition announces first book club pick; BookCon grows partnership with We Need Diverse Books; Kobo launches “buy more, save more” program; Consumers look to shop local this holiday season; Scholastic report details kids’ reading habits; Chronicle Books to distribute Quadrille Publishing

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04 Dec

Indies First Marks Strong Start to Holiday Season

For the second year in a row, Indies First on Small Business Saturday was a strong day for independent bookstores, which saw unit sales of books rise 4.6 percent over 2013 for the week.

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04 Dec

Bookstores Shine on Second Annual Indies First

The second annual Indies First on Small Business Saturday marked the kickoff of the holiday shopping season for Main Street businesses, and with more than 420 bookstores hosting 1,200-plus author volunteers on Saturday, November 29, independent booksellers across the nation were celebrating in full swing. 

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25 Nov

Booksellers to Host Record Number of Authors for Indies First

Just days ahead of the November 29 celebration of Small Business Saturday, more than 1,200 authors have signed on to support their local bookstores for Indies First, and more than 250 authors are partnering with bookstores under the Upstream initiative.

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13 Nov

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

ABA CEO Oren Teicher makes one last appeal to booksellers to get involved in and make the most of Indies First and Small Business Saturday.

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12 Nov

Indies First — Add Your Store Activities to Map Today

ABA bookstore members received an important e-mail update about Indies First on Small Business Saturday from ABA Vice President/Secretary Betsy Burton on Tuesday, November 11.

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12 Nov

Act Now to Pair Up With Authors for Exciting Indies First Events

Booksellers are snatching up big names and popular local writers to add to their event rosters for Indies First, Small Business Saturday, and/or Upstream. And the list of authors and illustrators who are hoping to team with an independent bookstore continues to grow.

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12 Nov

Shopping Local for the Holidays: AIB’s Infographic Has the Facts to Know

An AIB infographic presenting key facts about shopping locally this holiday season is a powerful resource for talking to both the media and store customers.
 

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12 Nov

Plenty of Resources Available for Small Business Saturday

A variety of free American Express/Shop Small marketing materials are available online, and there is still time to order a free Shop Small Merchant Rally Kit.

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06 Nov

Indie Retailers to Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day

On Neighborhood Toy Store Day, this Saturday, November 8, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association members — including California’s BookSmart and Virginia’s Givens Books & Little Dickens — will be celebrating the joy of play and the importance of shopping locally.

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