One Less Children's Bookstore
A Likely Story, a small independent children's bookstore in Alexandria's Old Town district rang in the holiday season by shutting its doors after 23 years.
The Virginia shop closed for good Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.
In the shop's final newsletter, the owner Dinah Paul wrote: "We will miss seeing the families that have become a part of our family. We have always felt that our store is a magical place and you, our customers and friends, were what made it so special."
The decision to close must have been abruptly as the store's Web site still lists its planned post-Thanksgiving schedule and events for December.
But perhaps most poignantly for followers of the small business world was the store's plea for support. Under the headline "Support Independent Businesses," the staff wrote in an e-mail newsletter to customers: "If you loved A Likely Story, we hope you will remember that you have to support small businesses in order to keep them in business. Locally owned, independent business play a vital role in making communities what they are today in terms of funding, character, and values."
It continues: "As you search for another bookstore/community center from which to bring books into your family, please don't see big chains and Amazon.com as your only options. There are still several independent booksellers in our area."
So Small Business blog readers -- where are you doing your holiday shopping? Are you turning to the convenience of big-box stores or one-stop online shops like Amazon, or are you mixing it up a little and buying gifts from small stores as well?
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