A thank you from Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore

Small Business Saturday was a huge success at The Monkey this year. We saw more foot traffic and had a significant increase in sales. For that, I thank all of you who made it a big day for us. What are we doing to celebrate? We’ve ordered more inventory, lots of it.

Be Local Buy Local

We’re doing everything we can to make Monkey See, Monkey Read a better bookstore. Small Business Saturday was amazing. A great kick-off to the holiday shopping season. But it’s just one day. A business needs year-round support to succeed. We’ve had a great year so far and look forward to a busy December. I’m grateful that our little bookstore continues to thrive in a challenging economy. We owe our success to our many customers. Thank you.

This commercial says it better than I can.

Let’s scrap ‘Small Business Saturday’ and ‘Be Local, Buy Local’ in favor of something simpler

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I’m not sure what happened to promotion for this year’s Small Business Saturday here in Northfield but it seems to have tanked right along with Be Local … Buy Local (BLBL), the campaign by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation “that promotes the importance of shopping locally for products and services in the Northfield area.”

My suggestion?

Keep it simple:

Buy-more-local-stuff

Krin Finger and her Rare Pair team make magic for the holidays

Krin Finger and Jill Enestvedt, Rare Pair, Northfield Rare Pair, Northfield Rare Pair, Northfield
My other Small Business Saturday visit last week was to Rare Pair where I took a few photos while Robbie shopped. Proprietor Krin Finger and her chief collaborator, Jill Enestvedt (Studio Elements artist and manager), were on hand.

Thanks to Adam Gurno’s blog post on Northfield.org about the Rare Pair holidaday window display, I learned that the store now has a Rair Pair blog, chiefly authored by Caroline Nitz.  But Krin chimes in with comments to the blog posts, like here where she describes the contributions of her team:

Reflecting back on the past 20 years of Holiday Window Displays this morning, i realized that the 2011 Holiday Display summarizes what The Rare Pair tries to represent. I am so grateful to work with such an amazing group of women…

I remember seeing Krin and hubby Dale Finger scrounging for branches and logs at the Northfield composting site a couple weeks ago. Amazing to see how it all turned out.

Here are three more of my in-store photos but be sure to see the photos of the window display in Caroline Nitz’s blog post.

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Present Perfect Underground is open for the holidays, staffed by a magnificent seven

Present Perfect Underground Ed Kuhlman and Mary Rossing, Present Perfect Underground Present Perfect Underground 
As part of Small Business Saturday (Nfld Patch article), I stopped by Present Perfect Underground yesterday. The shop ("vintage stuff, antiques, furniture, old buttons" says the sign) is located in the lower level of 310 Division St., underneath the Fine Craft Collective

Ed Kuhlman and Mary Rossing were the beauties on duty, but other proprietors are Barb Kuhlman, Tom Buettell, Pam Curry, Jessica Paxton, Jen Severtsgaard, and Mary Titus.

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