Main Street/Shop Local

31 Aug

Minneapolis Co-op Brings Community Stakeholders Together to Improve Neighborhood

The NorthEast Investment Cooperative in Minneapolis demonstrates how neighbors can work together to encourage investment in the community, helping increase economic activity in the area so small businesses can thrive.

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03 Aug

Communities Celebrate Finale of Fifth Find Waldo Local

The fifth annual celebration of Find Waldo Local wrapped up over the weekend as indie bookstores hosted parties featuring snacks, prizes, and live Waldo scavenger hunts.

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26 Jul

When a Bookstore Is Also a Safe Haven

Here, reprinted from a recent issue of Publishers Weekly, ABA President Betsy Burton talks about how, in troubling times, bookstores play an important role as a place to gather, reflect, talk, and heal.

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13 Jul

BookPeople’s Steve Bercu Delivers Keynote at Booksellers New Zealand Conference

Steve Bercu of Austin’s BookPeople delivered the keynote speech at the Booksellers New Zealand annual conference earlier this month, where he talked about why bookstores in the U.S. are thriving despite the challenges they face.

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15 Jun

Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Find Waldo Local Launches July 1

This July, 250 independent bookstores will participate in the fifth anniversary year of Find Waldo Local, a shop local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA.

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13 Jun

Bluebird Books Debuts Summer Book Bingo for Grown-ups

Melanie Green, owner of Bluebird Books in Hutchinson, Kansas, has designed a bingo game card for adults, a grown-up version of the store’s summer book bingo for kids.

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08 Jun

Bookmark It Turns to “Experiential” Sales Model

Bookmark It in Orlando, Florida, recently shifted from selling books at a stall in the local market to renting space and organizing events at other small businesses and in cooperation with area nonprofits.

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31 May

The Queens Bookshop Fundraising Initiative Enters Final Month

Former B&N staffers Vina Castillo, Natalie Noboa, and Holly Nikodem are seeking to raise $70,000 by June 23 to open a general-interest bookstore in Queens, New York.

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25 May

Farmers’ Markets and Main Street Businesses: Natural Partners

Main Street businesses, such as bookstores, that create relationships with their local farmers’ markets can benefit their own bottom lines while contributing to a community environment that nurtures social ties.

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11 May

Stacy Mitchell on the New Localism: Time to Up the Game

In the opening plenary at BookExpo America, small business expert Stacy Mitchell addressed the challenges facing the localism movement and gave an overview of key policy issues and advocacy goals.

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03 May

Second Independent Bookstore Day a Hit at Stores Nationwide

Indie booksellers reported bustling stores, extraordinary sales, happy customers, and soaring community spirit following Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.

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26 Apr

New Report Examines Strategies to Create Affordable Rents for Indies

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explores six strategies that cities are using to create an affordable environment where local businesses can thrive.

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26 Apr

Booksellers Take Independent Bookstore Day Initiatives Statewide

To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, booksellers in Vermont and New Jersey are launching programs to showcase the range of indie bookstores each state has to offer. 

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13 Apr

Booksellers Gear Up for Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

Hundreds of bookstores across the nation will participate in Independent Bookstore Day on April 30 with all-day celebrations featuring book-themed refreshments, poetry on demand, animal adoptions, and more.

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06 Apr

Stacy Mitchell to Present Plenary at BEA on the New Localism Challenge: Bookseller Discussion Groups Follow

Booksellers at BEA are encouraged to join Stacy Mitchell, a nationally recognized expert on small business and healthy local economies, for an insightful plenary talk about the evolution of localism from primarily a consumer movement to one that also includes policy development and political change.

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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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