At the Reader's Loft
Our goal at the Reader's Loft is to create an atmosphere where people can come together to browse the shelves in search of something not yet known, to meet in our gathering space to discuss the latest book club pick, to hear poetry performed by our area's fellowship of poets, or to meet a favorite author. We invite you to get lost in the stacks, to connect, and to grow.
In this ever changing world, one thing has remained constant - the book.
Over time technology has impacted the way we interact with books. We've heard tell of the introduction of the paperback book and how it brought concerns regarding the potential demise of the hardcover format. Hardcover books are alive, well, and more beautiful than ever! Then the industry came up with the audio book and many said, "Who will ever read a book again if you can listen to one instead?" As we all know, plenty of people continue to read their favorite stories and listen to them via some innovative audio stream. And then of course the e-reader was born and along with it came another wave of speculation. As booksellers we must admit that while the e-reader had given us pause, and new technology seemed to be winning, the bound book once again prevailed.
It has been helpful to receive feedback from our supportive customers and friends. Many admit that they may have tried an e-reader, continue to use one while traveling or during a hot mystery series that leaves the reader hanging and hungry for the next installment, but we also continue to hear time and time again that there's just something about the touch and feel of a book. We know there is something comforting about a book's aroma, its weight satisfying, and the pages which beg to be turned back and forth again and again.
Why shop Indie?
When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:
- Spend $100 at a local-owned business and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
- Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
- More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
- Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
- Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
- More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating independents.