Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons!
– Ruth Ann Schabacker –
Holiday Greetings to You!
Is there Someone in Your Life who could use a good excuse to slow down & snuggle up with a good book on a Winter’s afternoon?
Could that Someone even be You?
Do you have a favorite book by a local author? Perhaps you have a treasured book on your shelf that you would like to share with a loved one?
Inscribe a dated personal message inside. Include a hand-made bookmark, or a length of beautiful ribbon. Pair with a soft throw or a small quilt and wrap both in a lovely bow. Include a message in your best handwriting – “Untie the ribbon and enjoy the Gift in The Day!”
If you are interested in finding / reading “local”, independent bookstores usually have a section devoted to writers from the area. Art & craft galleries often sell self-published books by regional writers. And gift shops / visitor’s centers at state & national parks in the U.S. sell books written by regional folks as well. Many of these locations have special holiday events with author signings, food, wine, or music. Shopping with small businesses and shopping local not only supports your local economy, but the experience of it is also a gift to yourself!
So, if shopping in an Indie bookstore with a really catchy name appeals to you (as it does to me!), here are a few of my favorites. Although nothing can really compare to browsing through the stacks & taking in the ambience of the space, I believe most sell books on-line as well. (Just to be clear, NO kickbacks, commissions, or credits for me here! These are simply independent booksellers that I personally enjoy shopping with.)
Battenkill Books – Cambridge, NY
Flyleaf Books – Chapel Hill, NC
McIntyre’s Books @ Fearrington Village – Pittsboro, NC
Persnickety Books – Burlington, NC
Purple Crow Books – Hillsborough, NC
Scuppernong Books – Greensboro, NC