Sarah Abe, the store's general manager, explained, "It looks like the repairs would be quite slow, so we are likely moving to a different address altogether. Our online business is still going strong, and we're hoping to move quickly."
Daybreak has not announced any plans for a fundraising campaign to aid their transition. If anyone would like to help, please contact the store directly.
One of the upstairs apartments in the building that houses Daybreak Press Global Bookshop in St. Paul, MN, experienced a small electrical fire recently. Nothing in the bookstore was damaged, thankfully, but the city has determined that the entire building must be rewired as a safety precaution. As such, Daybreak has temporarily moved to an alternate office location and continues selling books online.
The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association is happy to announce Robert Martin's promotion to director of operations.
Hired as a part-time executive assistant in early 2013, Robert readily demonstrated his extensive, well-rounded skill set and dedication to independent bookselling by managing the MIBA's book awards and Midwest Connections programs. He also quickly learned trade show operations as he managed exhibitors and hotel operations for the Heartland Fall Forum. Last year, MIBA hired Robert full-time and he became involved in all aspects of managing the association.
Moving ahead, Robert will take on increased responsibility regarding the internal operations of Midwest Booksellers, such as managing accounting, the database, and catalog production.
Carrie Obry, executive director of Midwest Booksellers, says, "Bob continually impresses me with his ability to manage complex workloads with grace and professionalism. He's a dedicated reader with especially competent nonprofit management skills, so I consider him the ideal employee for the job."
Please join us in congratulating Robert on his well-deserved promotion.
The boards of directors of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association are pleased to announce Ted Heinecken is the winner of the this year's Voice of the Heartland Award.
Heinecken began his career as the Midwest sales rep of Oxford University Press in 1963, and in 1969 formed his own rep group Heinecken-Ide Associates. After selling Heinecken-Ide to Fujii in 2008, Ted continued to bring his wisdom and industry saavy to accounts in the Midwest until his retirement earlier this year.
Deb Leonard, executive director of GLIBA, said, “The Voice of the Heartland is awarded for a lifetime of dedication and service to independent bookselling and booksellers in the Great Lakes and Midwest regions. Ted has given over 50 years of advising, nurturing, and encouragement to indies in our area. I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive this honor.”
Tom Lowry, of Lowry’s Books in Michigan, said, “From his first days as an Oxford University sales rep to his founding his own rep group, which was a stellar mix of the literary presses to the largest of the independent presses to some very saleable stuff, to his selling the Heinecken group to Fujii, Ted was always was in thick of new titles, bestsellers, literary titles, and so on. He just knew his stuff. He employed some of the best reps in the Midwest and was very kind and gracious to stores, GLIBA, and other causes."
Kris Kleindienst of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO said, "I worked with Ted for many years and found him to be an outstanding supporter of independent bookstores. He was fiercely loyal to his booksellers, continuing to call on stores no matter how tiny or how financially strapped. He was the very best of old school. I always felt like he had my back. When I was just learning the ropes as a buyer his advice was critical to my success. I consider him a mentor colleague and friend."
On behalf of MIBA and GLIBA, we think Ted’s information on the Fujii website says it all: "Ted Heinecken, legend." Thank you, Ted, for your dedication to independent bookselling throughout the Midwest.
(from Shelf Awareness, 8/31/15)
Less than two years after opening, Ancestry Books, Minneapolis, Minn., is closing its bricks-and-mortar store on September 26, the store announced on Facebook. It will continue to host events and "in a couple months will have a new online store."
Owners Verna Wong and Chaun Webster cited difficulties with their landlord for the decision: being put on a month-to-month lease since June 1 and the landlord's firing of the management of the Lowry Café and closing it until it finds new management. They wrote: "Eddie Hutchins, who managed at the Lowry Cafe for three year, has been a huge supporter of Ancestry Books, and was also in negotiations with the owner to purchase the Lowry Cafe. We are not only displeased with this practice on the part of the owner, who we lease from, but we can no longer in good conscience continue with this relationship."
Ancestry Books is "a family-friendly bookstore offering reading material focused on authors of color, queer theory authors of color, children's books, urban planning, and other writers with unique voices," City Pages wrote.
MIBA and our winter catalog printer Quad Graphics hosted a productive webinar with about 15 people on the call. The agenda: educate booksellers on our new form of direct mail: saturation mailing.
Saturation mail is a fantastic option whether or not you'd like to use your own mailing list. At nearly HALF the cost of standard postage, we can help you saturate either 1) a certain quantity of customers in a radius outward from your store or 2) a targeted zip code or postal carrier route.
Here's an example. A local business wants to do a direct mail campaign to drive store traffic by sending out 5,000 promotional pieces.
Option 1 – Saturation mail
Option 2 - Standard direct mail
Saturation mail generates 44.5% savings in postage! How? Saturation is efficient at the level of the post office, as carriers simply slip your mailing into their daily delivery and place them in every household on their route.
Bookseller's ordering options are listed on the catalog page of our website.
If you already do direct mail...
Overall, it looks like saturation mailing could make a bookseller's holiday much merrier. As always, if you have questions, please contact us.
(From Shelf Awareness)
Once Upon a Crime, the Minneapolis, Minn., mystery bookstore, is for sale, the Pioneer Press reported. Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp, who have owned the store for almost 13 years, made the decision because Shulze is undergoing cancer treatments.
"I hate thinking of not being at the store, but we have to make Gary well," Frovarp said. 'It's getting more difficult all the time. We spend most of our time at home ordering, doing bookwork and other things connected to the store."
"The store continues to thrive and we hope there is someone out there who will eagerly take the reins," Shulze said. The store is debt-free and "doing well," the owners said.
Once Upon a Crime was founded 28 years ago and has 800 square feet of space. Frovarp interned for almost four years with previous owner Steve Stilwell. Shulze and Frovarp were married at the store in 2007.
In 2011, Once Upon a Crime won the Raven Award, for outstanding contributions to the genre, from the Mystery Writers of America.
Addendum Books, which for three years has been sharing space with SubText Books at Selby and Western beneath Nina's Coffee, has found its first standalone storefront location. As SubText elected to move to downtown St. Paul, Addendum had the opportunity to strike out on its own, which is what it has done.
Addendum's new location is 478 Cleveland Ave. S. St. Paul, MN 55105. They will be located just off the corner of Cleveland and Randolph, by the St. Catherine University's St. Paul Campus. Regular hours will resume on Monday, June 1st, and all events during the month of June will occur as scheduled.
The St. Paul, MN bookstore is moving downtown, and as such will be the first independent bookstore in the city center in over a decade. The shop's current location--which is the former location of Garrison Keillor's Common Good Books before they moved in 2012--is a basement level storefront beneath a popular coffee shop. But the recent renaissance of downtown St. Paul was too much for the store's owners and managers, Sue Zumberge and David Unowksi, to pass up. The new location will be 6 West 5th Street, St. Paul MN 55102. The store will open at the new location by the first week of June.
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