Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Carr Hardware is the winner of the 2017 Independent Small Business of the Year Award organized by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement. The announcement was made Wednesday, Dec. 13.

From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro is one of this year's top 25 semifinalists. "We made the top 25 in 2013,” said Kevin Coolidge, owner of the bookstore. "In 2015 and 2016 we made it to the top 25 and the top 10 and didn’t win," he said.

"My wife, Kasey and I are so appreciative for all of the people who helped us be in the top 25 by voting online. We might not have won the grand prize, but we didn't open From My Shelf to win prizes but because we love books," said Kevin. He opened the bookstore 11½ years ago in July 2006. Kasey has served as manager since then.

"Our customers have helped us get this far and that's a good feeling," Kevin said. "We are continuing to do what we do best…books, from maintaining a wide variety of genres to matching people to the right books and special ordering."

The Wellsboro store is open every day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The bookstore’s booth in Mansfield is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

For more information about From My Shelf Books & Gifts call 570-724-5793 or 570-662-1224.

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