So super proud to have been named one of the 25 semifinalists for the 2015 ‘Independent Small Business Of The Year’ award!* You shared the link to vote with your friends and family and clicked once a day to get us there and we say thank you, thank you, thank you! We’re simply over the moon to have this honor because it comes from YOU. Time and time again you prove to us in very tangible ways that this little bookstore is an important part of our community, worthy of nurturing, that you want us to stick around.
It’s when you bundle up the wee ones and bring them in for story time, when you helped us grow our book and documentary clubs from a humble four members to a now boastful 20 plus film/book aficionados, when you haul those gently-loved books in to participate in our Trade for Credit Program, when you call and order your new books from us (rather than the big A), when you visit every chance you can squeeze in your busy schedule and tell us you love the new location and catch up with the day-to-day in your lives and ours, and, yes, when you buy a book or two, when you support a local artist by choosing a handmade greeting card or one-of-a-kind gift, and when you pick up that baby shower or birthday present at Afterwords.
As you may know, there is just one proud proprietor/bibliophile that owns this little book shop, so it may seem strange that I often refer to Afterwords Books as “we”. The “we” in Afterwords is, of course, all of you; our loyal and new customers alike, but it’s also the many, many people who believe in the bookstore and generously offer their time and support beyond measure. Your efforts, rooted in kindness and generosity, to fuel this little engine are greatly appreciated. Tis the Thanksgiving season and so in no particular order, (as all of your contributions keep this little boat afloat!), thank you to everyone who helped us pack up and move the bookstore (yet another time!) and helped with the costs of relocating this past year. Thanks to the Reinhardt’s for being VIP customers, for being awesome book selling mentors, for scouting out the perfect new location for the bookstore’s new home, for getting their hands dirty and beautifying our outdoor space, for tooting our horn whenever they get a chance, and going way above and beyond the call of duty as friends. Thanks to our entire story time crew! You and your little one’s have found a very special place in Miss LuAnn’s heart. Thank you to old and new friends who act as social media enthusiasts, shouting our name from the rooftops and sending friends our way. Thank you for through thick and thin friends, who’ve been a shoulder to cry on, for being the best cheerleaders, for rolling up your sleeves and pitching in (when I call uncle! and admit there are times I could use a little help at the helm), and for your boundless support and contagious enthusiasm for our community’s independent book shop. Thank you to the circle of local merchants I’m so fortunate to call friends who inspire all of us to nurture our small local businesses that make our town one-of-a-kind. Finally, thank you to my kidlets for taking countless dinners of pancakes, mom working way-too-many hours, and sharing our second home with the community in stride.
So, how cool would it be if our little indie bookstore was named ‘Independent Small Business Of The Year‘?? Just keep those votes coming (your eligible to vote once every 24 hours between now and December 13th!) and we may find ourselves on the list of top ten small, independent businesses nationwide! The winner of the Independent Small Business Award will be announced December 16, 2015. Click to show the love.
*Some of you may read this post as a bit deja vu as we were named one of the top 10 finalists in the 2013 AND 2014 Indie Award. We’re no less thankful for the outpouring of support and friends, old and new, we’ve made since then!