What makes a bookstore?
A mathematical formula.
a+b+c = bookstore
authors + books + customers = a bookstore
The Space Next Door
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 22nd at 5pm
Dear loyal customers and friends of the written word,
BSB is excited to announce that after a year of perseverance
and negotiating we have signed a lease on the empty storefront next door
to our existing store. The two stores, owned by the same
landlord, are connected through an open doorway which will enable us to
make this one larger store with a dedicated event space and office
upstairs with window views out onto Main Street.
The new space will most likely become the children's department. Our
entire space will become more open with additional lighting and
comfortable seating for reading. Industry wide reports show that 21% of
book sales come from displays and this expansion will allow us to have
additional open displays throughout the store. Look for more book
related sidelines and display areas for our best selling items such as
Out of Print Clothing and Pam Zagarenski's Sacred Bee cards and art.
It is not without hard work and courage that we take this step
to expand, but more importantly, this leap is possible because of your
support. For that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We
continue to love what we do. Our commitment to downtown Mystic is
stronger than ever and we are humbled that we will be able to occupy a
more prominent storefront on Main Street in Mystic.
We have scheduled a tentative opening reception for Tuesday October 22
at 5 pm with our first event, a celebration of the first ever hardcover
from Europa Editions, "The Last Banquet" by guest of honor British
author Jonathan Grimwood. Stay tuned.
Here's to the future of locally owned and fiercely independent book selling!
Annie, Patience and our loyal staff
The news that you are planning to speak tomorrow at
the Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, TN as part of your campaign to highlight
the need to bolster middle class families and create jobs has hit members of
the New England independent bookselling community and our own independent
bookstore like a ton of bricks.
What is the thinking behind this decision? Amazon is
the very embodiment of so much that is wrong with our economy. The often-substandard
working conditions at their warehouses around the world have been well
documented. Their business model is based on fighting those states that have
required them to collect and remit sales tax while driving Main Street brick
and mortar stores out of business through predatory pricing. As we write, they
are slashing prices of bestselling books in yet another price war where
independent and brick and mortar businesses will be collateral damage. We
cannot believe this is your vision of job creation and the future of American middle
Our store was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy and
without the help of our loyal customers and local community we never would have
reopened when we did, three weeks later, in time for the holidays. Our store is the anchor store in downtown
Mystic and our customers value their local shopping experience, and many tell
us that they come to us rather than Amazon in order to keep the money and
This decision to speak at an Amazon warehouse comes from
a president who has publicly expressed pleasure in shopping at Kramer Books in
D.C., and Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard, so where did you go wrong? We would hope that your administration
would be standing with Main Street, and investigating the monopolistic
practices of Amazon, rather than either explicitly or tacitly endorsing those
We urge you to rethink
using Amazon as a beacon of hope for the American economy and middle-class.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Bank Square Books
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