Lots of deals on tv shows and DVDs, but first, it's Small Business Saturday, which is a terrific opportunity to go find the small shops in your area and spend some fine, fine currency on gifts.
I don't often link to local shops because I know you're all over the world (Hi, The Internet!!), but local shops in the towns we live in support local schools, teams, groups and the community as a whole. I shop online constantly, but I also shop in my town, because if I don't, I won't have many stores to choose from in the future. We also trick-or-treat in our town, especially last year and the year before when natural disasters and freak snowstorms cancelled Halloween. Their lights were on, so we all went trick-or-treating at our shoe store, the bake shop, the hardware store, and the fire station.
Awhile back, we collaborative built a map of romance-friendly bookshops around the world. Not all independent bookshop owners and employees are friendly to romance readers, alas, but many bookshops are. I don't want to send anyone to a bookstore where the people working there are condescending or rude to romance readers (and oh, mercy, so many of us have stories like that, which…yuck.) So, please have a look at our map of stores, and if you can't find your favorite bookshop, please add it. You can find instructions here. And if you see one that's wrong or mislabeled, please email me and let me know.
Our local bookshop, Watchung Books, has a wonderful fundrasier for our school each fall wherein a portion of the total profits for the night are donated to the PTA. I buy all the gifts for the assorted children in our family at the bookshop, especially because they have a fantastic children's section. Plus they have little gift items as well.
I also know that the new Astoria Bookshop in Queens, as well as WORD Brooklyn, are both welcoming to romance readers, and want your suggestions of what romances to stock in the store. And, in addition to romance, if you're still looking for presents for all the kids in your family, a book makes a lovely gift.
What's your favorite local bookstore – and if you don't have one, what local shop do you love best?