if you shop…

November 25, 2016

Small Business SaturdayShop Small. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. Many independently owned stores, possibly including your favorite local bookstore, participate with author appearances, snacks, activities for kids, and much more. Visit Shop Small to find businesses in your area. (Paying with cash helps indies avoid credit card fees.)

Small Business Saturday

November 27, 2015

shop smallJust a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, November 28, 2015, is Small Business Saturday and Indies First — an opportunity for locally-owned businesses and indies to heft some weight in the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy.

In addition to the wares on their shelves, some stores invite guest sellers to spend a couple of hours chatting with customers. You’ll find guest booksellers at Edmonds Bookshop (Edmonds), The Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Open Books (Seattle), University Book Store (Seattle), Village Books (Bellingham) and maybe the bookstore around the corner. Support your local community. Shop indies first.

what to do on Saturday

November 26, 2014

shop smallAfter the Thursday leftovers are put away, and after the Black Friday mall frenzy, there’s Small Business Saturday on November 29, 2014. Now in its fourth official year, SBS encourages shoppers to do their buying from local and independent vendors.

Throughout Washington (actually, throughout the U.S.), authors will make appearances to lead discussions, recommend and sign books and even act as cashiers at independent bookstores. Here are some you can visit (some authors visit multiple stores, so please verify times and other specifics with the bookstore):

  • AuburnFinally Found Books – Jeanne Matthews, Nicolette Reed, Rebecca Morris
  • BainbridgeEagle Harbor Book Co. – David Guterson, Lynn Brunelle, Laurie B. Arnold, Susan Wiggs, Carol Cassella, Kristin von Kreisler, Dylan Tomine, Arleen Williams, Wendy Hinman, Jonathan Evison, Barbara Winther, Lance Weller, John Marzluff, Tessa Arlen, Jeannette Franks, Lewis Mandell, Toni Yuly, George Shannon
  • BellevueUniversity Bookstore – Janet Lee Carey, Justina Chen, William Dietrich, Christina Dudley, Robert Dugoni, Claire Gebben, Kazu Kibuishi, G. Elizabeth Kretchmer, Dan Richards, Dana Sullivan, Laurie Ann Thompson, Samantha Vamos
  • BellinghamVillage Books – two book chats, one at 11am and one at 4pm, featuring local authors Laura Kalpakian, Janet Oakley, Clete Barrett Smith, Noble Smith, and Rob Slater
  • BurienPage 2 Books – Carol Hervin, Peyton Marshall, G. H. Prichard, Wendy Wahman, and many others
  • Lake Forest ParkThird Place Books – Sherman Alexie will be “bookseller for a day” (10:00am)
  • LeavenworthA Book for All Seasons – Sheila Roberts
  • MonroeMain Street Books Bernadette Pajer
  • OlympiaOrca Books – Nikki McClure, Laura Swan, Eve Rickert, Franklin Veaux
  • Port TownsendThe Writer’s Workshoppe Imprint Books – Erica Bauermeister, Richard Jesse Watson, Patrick Jennings, Adrianne Harun
  • PoulsboLiberty Bay Books – Garth Stein, Lynn Brunelle, Lance Weller, June Cotner, Patrick Jennings, Megan Chance, Kristin Hannah
  • Seattle Book Larder – Ethan Stowell, Makini Howell, Jeanne Sauvage, John Sundstrom, Becky Selengut, Langdon Cook, Jennifer Shea, Shauna James Ahern, Kim O’Donnel, Cynthia Nims, Danielle Kartes, Julie O’Brien
  • Seattle The Elliott Bay Book Company – Robin Oliveira,Jeanne Sauvage, Toni Yuly, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Sonora Jha, Langdon Cook, Becky Selengut, Martha Silano, Paula Becker, David Lasky, Dana Simpson, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, David Laskin, Marissa Meyer, Karen Finneyfrock, Kevin O’Brien, Deb Caletti, Sherman Alexie
  • SeattleFantagraphics Books – book launch party for Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Music Anthology, 1980 -1988
  • Seattle Open Books – Maged Zaher, Don Mee Choi, Ed Skoog, Elizabeth Austen
  • SeattleQueen Anne Book Company – Bernadette Pajer, Bonnie Becker, Shannon Evans, Suzanne Selfors, Carol Cassella , Gail Kretchmer, Joe Guppy, Lynne Brunelle, Brenda Peterson, Sherman Alexie , Lance Weller, Jonathan Evison
  • Seattle Seattle Mystery Bookshop – Urban Waite, Jeanne Matthews
  • Seattle Secret Garden Bookshop – Julie Paschkis, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Toni Yuli, Jaime Temairik, Kim Baker, Dana Sullivan, and more
  • Seattle University Bookstore – click link to see the complete list and times
  • SpokaneAuntie’s Bookstore – local authors
  • SumnerA Good Book Cafe – Mark Teppo, Lorie Ann Grover, Justina Chen, Kimberly Derting
  • TacomaKing’s Books – Creative Colloquy with Erik Hanberg, Joshua Swainston, Karla Stover, William Kupinse, Tiffany Aldrich MacBain, Nick Stokes

In addition to these author appearances, additional bookstores will have special displays of recommended books. For participating independent booksellers in other areas, visit IndieBound …and of course bookstores are not the only vendors that will offer specials and special events on Small Business Saturday, so if you’re shopping, shop independent!