Saturday, November 26, 2016

From My Shelf Books is Named Quarterfinalist for Indie Award Support From My Shelf Books of Wellsboro in national award by voting now through Dec. 11, 2016

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania – From My Shelf Books and Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro is one of the quarterfinalists of the 2016 Independent Small Business of the Year or Indie Award organized by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement. Nearly 13,693 votes were cast for the 222 nominees during the nomination phase.

“From My Shelf Books & Gifts has advanced to Round 2 of the Indie Award sponsored by Independent We Stand,” said owner Kevin Coolidge. “Only 25 businesses made the cut from the initial nominees. We couldn’t have done it without votes from the people who support us,” he said.

In Round 2, 10 semifinalists will be chosen from the 25 quarterfinalists. Voting for the top 10 began Monday, Nov. 21 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 11 at Voters may visit the website to cast one vote each day.

“People can vote once a day per IP address, that means some of you can vote from home, from work or when you are drinking your latte in the coffee shop,” Coolidge explained.

“The top 10 vote getting businesses will proceed to Round 3, where a panel of judges will choose the winner who will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14,” said Coolidge.

“Our supporters can help us be one of the 10 semifinalists. Go to our bookstore Facebook page where we have a link pinned to the top to make voting easier,” Coolidge said. “Those who don't do Facebook can still vote by visiting and entering From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro Pennsylvania.”

The 2016 Indie winner will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000, including a $5,000 grand prize.

The Wellsboro bookstore celebrated its 10th anniversary this July. Available to children and adults are a wide variety of hardcover, softcover and audio non-fiction and fiction books of all genres, educational materials for families, including homeschoolers; craft and activity kits, puzzles and games; thank you notes and greeting cards; and novelty gift items for book lovers from T-shirts to book bags.

From My Shelf Books hosts book signings for local and regional authors of newly released books; the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt each July; craft and activity kit nights; book and writers’ clubs for children and adults that meet regularly; and special workshops on writing and self-publishing.

Manager Kasey Cox willingly provides helpful tips about books to purchase as gifts for children and adults or tracks down a book she thinks a customer will enjoy.

Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy.

For more information about From My Shelf Books & Gifts, on the "Indie" or voting, call 570-724-5793.


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