Celebrating Independents

We support local independent retailers all year round–not just during “Indie Month”. IMG_2108_2
This week we shopped at Parkplace Books in Kirkland, Washington.

When you shop at a national chain store, 80% of the money leaves town immediately, according to Independent Retailer Month. Big box retailers are even worse. In contrast, when you shop at an independent store, most of the money keeps circulating in the community, providing jobs and funding local causes and media.

Our niece is an avid reader, and we needed the perfect present. Rebecca & Mary, the proprietors of Parkplace Books, can tell you why the birthday girl will like young adult author Blue Balliett. They can tell you how Balliett’s first book Chasing Vermeer started as stories for her elementary students, and about the time Balliett read in their store. If Parkplace doesn’t have the book you need, they can get it for you in a day or two. It costs the same if you order the book online, but when you buy from your local bookstore, you are sharing the love of reading so many more ways.