Thursday, February 11, 2010

Do you shop your Independent Book Stores?

I try to shop with my local independent book stores as often as I can. Recently Phillips and Lloyd books on the square in Hayesville was not able to order a book for me. That was most unusual.
 Curiosity Shop Books in Murphy, NC owned by Linda Ray is an outstanding book store. Linda and her staff are knowledgable about what is on the shelves. Linda knows which books are good and helps her customers find the book they want. If it is not in stock, she will order it for you pronto.
 Although Amazon offers good deals with used books and we can buy off Ebay, remember when we shop at our local stores, we are helping keep this business in our community and giving jobs to people in our own town.
Below find an excerpt from a newsletter from Indie Bound.Why shop Indie?

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:
The Economy
Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.

Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.

The Environment

Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.

Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

The Community

Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.

Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.

More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating independents.

IndieBound supports Independent Business Alliances around the country. To find an alliance near you, visit AMIBA or BALLE.

Visit a local Independent Book store this week if you are fortunate enough to have one in your area. Here in western NC, we have some of the best.

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