Shop small. Buy local. These concepts are very familiar to us here at Union Park Press. We can relate to small businesses—and the challenges and opportunities they face—because we’re a small business too. While it’s very true that we need booksellers of all kinds to succeed in this crazy world of modern publishing, it’s the relationships we’ve built with bookstores and gift shops across New England that matter to us most.
That’s why we love to focus on those friends and colleagues in the days leading up to Small Business Saturday and then throughout the month of December. That’s why we attempt to do most of OUR shopping at these stores and challenge YOU to do the same.
We want to highlight one local bookstore owner in particular this week: Kate from Papercuts in Jamaica Plain. She is single-handedly (though she would tell you that she has had a lot of support from friends and family) opening a brand-new independent bookstore in Boston. We have grown accustomed to only hearing bad news about our local indies. So many of them have closed in recent years, citing the shift toward buying books online, real estate woes, and the general state of the economy. But Kate has an idea to open up a small and cozy shop that sells beautiful, well-made books that you might not discover by scrolling through lists on your screen. She also thinks she has a community in Jamaica Plain that is willing to support a local indie. We think so too, and we’re thrilled she’s doing this. Kate is selling many of our books in her store, including Crafty Bastards, Drinking Boston, The Coastal Table, Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces, Boston Baby—and a big old stack of newest title, Dirty Old Boston. Papercuts opens officially (and appropriately) on November 29, Small Business Saturday. We urge you to visit the shop, take a seat on her couch, stock up on gifts for everyone on your list (including yourself), and return frequently. Read more about Papercuts in this recent Boston Magazine feature.
And if you need a bit more convincing, we like to re-visit these facts around this time every year (via Indiebound).
- Spend $100 at a local store and $68 of that stays in your community.
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- More independent stores mean more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
BREAKING BOOKS NEWS! Jim Botticelli, author of Dirty Old Boston, will be at Papercuts JP on Small Business Saturday (November 29) to sign books! He’ll be there from 12-2, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly. It goes without saying that this makes the PERFECT holiday gift. Papercuts JP is located at 5 Green Street in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.