Monday, December 5, 2016

Thriving Outside the Big Box

From My Shelf Books & Gifts named Quarter-finalist for Indie Award
Support From My Shelf Books & Gifts of Wellsboro Pennsylvania in national award by voting today

The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announced the quarterfinalists, including From My Books & Gifts of Wellsboro Pennsylvania, of the 2016 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year or Indie Award. This announcement precedes Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26, encouraging holiday shoppers to support these businesses over big boxes and national chains.

From My Shelf Books & Gifts is located in beautiful, small-town Wellsboro, PA, right in the historic district. We're proud to be a customer-centered, independently-owned bookstore. Our knowledgeable staff and eclectic, ever-changing inventory has garnered us praise from big-city visitors and fellow small-town dwellers alike.

Store manager Kasey Coolidge said "Year-round, we welcome in-store shoppers to browse the more than 40,000 new and gently used books that we have in stock at any given time. In addition, we regularly help our customers with special orders of both new and out-of-print books, sharing our expertise and excellent track record for locating just the book you’re looking for."

“This year’s quarter-finalists represent a variety of independent businesses across the country, who are making an impact on their local economies,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “This award is our way of recognizing their outstanding efforts in their respective communities.”

Voting is now underway at through Dec. 11. Voters may visit the website to cast one vote each day.

The 2016 Indie winner will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000, including:
$5,000 grand prize
$1,000 STIHL equipment certificate. STIHL products are sold exclusively through local, independent servicing dealers and support more than 9,000 STIHL dealers in communities nationwide.

“Small Business Web Starter Package” from independent web design firm – Meridian Group
Three days/two nights stay at an independent beach resort in Virginia Beach, Va. (valued at $1,000)
Plaque to display at winner’s business
Public relations and social media recognition
Quarter and semifinalists will receive a Premium Membership from Independent We Stand

Nearly 13,693 votes were cast for 222 nominees during the nominations phase. The quarter-finalists in alphabetical order are:

Afterwords Books, a bookshop in Edwardsville, Ill.
Anonymous Lacquer, a nail polish company in Newport News Va.
Artsy Fartsy an art gallery in Carson City, Nev.
Big Red's Equipment, a lawnmower and tractor store in Grandbury, TX.
BodyworksBall, a wellness company in Brick, N.J.
Bonlife Coffee, a coffee roaster in Cleveland, Tenn.
Children's World, a uniform supply company in Sarasota, Fla.
Collage, a gift shop in York, Pa.
Continental Earthworks, a forestry and wildland fire mitigation company in Avon, Colo.
Cornerstone Shop & Gallery, a lifestyle store in Lake Geneva, Wis.
From My Shelf Books & Gifts, a new and used bookshop in Wellsboro, Pa.
Fuzzy Goat, a yarn shop in Thomasville, Ga.
Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, a food co-op and café in Gardiner, ME.
Hipp Modern Builder's Supply, a hardware store in Mountain View, Ark.
Hungry Hound Beer Grain Treats, a dog treat company in Conklin, N.Y.
Life's Memories & More, a scrapbook store in Palmer, Mass.
Luxe Fiber Designs, a fiber mill in Stone Lake, Wis.
Lyons Lumber & Hardware, a hardware Store in Frankfort, Ky.
Miss Ellie's Delights, LLC, a bakery in Norfolk, Va.
Mower Man Lawn Service, a landscaping company in McKinney, TX.
Roe Brothers, Inc., a hardware store in Florida, N.Y.
Surviving Sisters' Boutique, a clothing boutique in Hyde Park, N.Y.
The Bookshelf, a bookshop in Thomasville, Ga.
The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop, a gift shop in Valatie, N.Y.
The Enrichery, a supplemental education company in Houston, TX.

The winner of the Indie will be announced Dec. 14.

For more information on From My Shelf Books & Gifts visit
For more information on the “Indie” or to vote, visit

About Independent We Stand

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. This movement supports all local and national causes committed to boosting local economic development projects. The Independent We Stand movement is co-sponsored by STIHL Inc. and FCA US LLC. Associate sponsors include PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Do it Best Corp. and Tire Pros.


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