Monday, December 12, 2016


From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro is one of the top 10 semifinalists in the 2016 Independent Small Business of the Year Award. The Indie contest is organized by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement.

At 10 a.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 14, the 2016 winner of "The Indie" award, chosen by a panel of judges, will be announced and will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000, including a $5,000 grand prize.

Voting for the top 10 locally-owned businesses in the country began Monday, Nov. 21 and ended Sunday, Dec. 11.

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 and puzzles; 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 may enjoy.

In addition to From My Shelf Books & Gifts, the other semifinalists are: Artsy Fartsy, an art gallery in Carson City, Nevada; Bonlife Coffee, a shop that roasts and brews coffees in Cleveland, Tennessee; Children's World, a toy store in Sarasota, Florida; Fuzzy Goat, a yarn shop and The Bookshelf, a bookstore, both in Thomasville, Georgia; Hipp Modern Builder's Supply, a local hardware store that in two years has also developed an online enterprise, in Mountain View, Arizona; Life's Memories & More, a store that offers unique, quality crafting products in Palmer, Massachusetts; Miss Ellie's Delights that offers custom and homemade desserts in Norfolk, Virginia; and Surviving Sisters' Boutique of Hyde Park, N.Y. that houses hundreds of local artists, vendors & consignees that sell clothing in all styles and sizes from baby to adult and merchandise hand-crafted by local artisans.

Nearly 13,693 votes were cast for the 222 nominees during Round 1, the nomination phase, to select the 25 quarterfinalists .

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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