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Independent Bookstore Day, a Tale of Two NC Cities

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, May 2, 2019

Two indie stores, Sassafras on Sutton in Black Mountain and Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh had great Independent Bookstore Days, for different reasons.


I visited with Susanne Blumer, co-owner of Sassafras, as the day began. The weather was beautiful and the store was hopping by 11am. Sassafras had to close after a heavy snow in December caused the roof of their building to collapse. They just reopened in March. Assistance through their Libris business insurance kept the staff employed and morale up during the months of closure. Since reopening, business has been up 80% over last spring. The community is very supportive of the store, and Black Mountain is also a booming tourist destination and well-known writer, artist, and music community.  Right now, Susanne is working hard to keep up with orders for her Southern Lit Candles (she somehow finds time to make her own candle line AND run a business) and the increase in business in the store.


On dealing with an unexpected closure that stretched on for months, Susanne said, "I would say that the entire industry was extremely supportive when we had our collapse. We heard from other bookstores, publishers, vendors, industry professionals… so many. Since we’ve reopened, we’ve received hand-written notes and phone calls congratulating us on reopening. The community couldn’t have been more supportive when we closed. I received multiple offers of places to move the store temporarily, offers to help move merchandise, to clean, promises that they would be back when we open. And since we’ve reopened, the community has come out in full force. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t come in and tell us how much they missed us and how glad they are that we are back open. We all really missed it when we were closed!"




Over in the Piedmont, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh also had a terrific Independent Bookstore Day! General Manager Sarah Goddin said, “Our sales were up 70% over a typical Saturday this time of year, but more importantly we had a store full of people most of the day, all of whom were having a great time supporting independent bookstores. We had lots of kids' events throughout the morning, the Poetry Fox in the afternoon, really good cookies all day along with give-aways every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds, brought in a basket full of treats for the Quail Ridge Books staff, becoming even more beloved by booksellers. One customer, Criss Crissman, brought in her 2019 calendar "North Carolina's Literary Luminaries and the Bookshops That Love Them" with stamps from all 12 Piedmont, NC indie bookstores stores featured. Now that is indie love!


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Independent Bookstore Day and a Call for Submissions

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Independent Bookstore Day
What are you doing for Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day 2019 (IBD) is coming up on April 27. SIBA knows that many authors and book industry people pitch in as honorary booksellers, or volunteer storytime leaders, or impromptu bar tenders, or any number of other incarnations at their local indies.

If you or your authors will be spending IBD at a SIBA member store, let us know about it. IBD events are given extensive coverage in the Lady Banks newsletter and on SIBA's "ARTS" facebook page.

Call for submissions:

Lady BanksLeading up to Independent Bookstore Day, the Lady Banks newsletter will also be featuring a series of columns from writers on the value and importance of independent bookstores. Participating writers include Silas House, Taylor Brown, Bren McClain, Mark Powell, Julie Cantrell and Chris Offutt.

Columns will be published in future editions of the Lady Banks newsletter and shared on social media.

Authors who would like to submit a column should email it to Nicki Leone, Length should not exceed 500 words. Longer pieces may be edited for length. Please include an author photo and short bio with your submission.

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