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By Brian Martin
In the cutthroat world of book retailers, there are many brands that compete with each other to win consumers over.
Outlets like Barnes & Noble offer deals and memberships in order to incentivize book enthusiasts to sign up and buy their products.
Books & Books is among them, but with its mission of providing avid readers top quality books and creating a community of readers.
It began as a dream that flourished into a reality.
“It started in 1982, I started it, I had been teaching [in high school for a few years] and I had always wanted to be in the book business,” Mitchell Kaplan, owner and founder of Books and Books said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “It had started in Coral Gables, in a small space in about 500 square feet, and that’s how it came about.”
In this era of Amazon dominance, Books & Books has carved out a unique model in order to grow.
It offers memberships that ensure discounts on all purchases and a community feel at the various locations.
Its mission is to attract the most loyal readers in the book community.
“I think from the beginning, we decided that really what we were all about was to provide a community gathering place,” Kaplan said when discussing Books & Books’ mission of creating a community for readers to join. “I don’t think it so much differentiates us [from other booksellers like it did years ago], but it did then. And we also decided to have lots of book events, so we have a lot of authors coming in right from the beginning when we opened the bookshop.”
Holding book events is one way that Books & Books tries to keep its customer base from diminishing.
It is also a co-founder of the Miami Book Fair and is heavily involved with it.
Another advantage is Books & Books’ multitude of locations across South Florida, saving it from being limited to only Coral Gables.
“And the other thing that differentiates us a little bit is that we have more than one location,” explained Kaplan. “We now have now six or seven different locations in South Florida and abroad. And the other thing is that each one of our stores is very distinct and unusual from one another.”
Staff dedicated to providing top quality service to shoppers also maintains each Books & Books location.
Although every Books & Books store is unique in structure, they all share the same services nonetheless, such as a café at every store.
This helps if customers wish to sit down and have a nice meal.
But while Books & Books is on a steady roll with its success, one can only wonder on how it is able to be successful in the book market with different competitors trying to win customers over.
One such competitor would be Amazon, which has recently started opening bookstores in certain locations around the US.
Each store sells books while also providing Amazon-related products on display as well.
However, Kaplan does not believe believe that his business is doomed.
“Well, Amazon has been operating now for over 20 years and of course [they’ve been very successful],” Kaplan said. “So I don’t think it’s going to have that much of a greater effect.”
Books & Books is not even slightly worried about the creation of Amazon brick and mortar stores.
“We’ve already been affected by Amazon, so the decision to open bookstores probably won’t make that much of a difference,” said Kaplan.
Books & Books is the ideal place for those looking to find the next big book to read while also being with a community full of ardent readers.
Its mission is one that celebrates literature and helping those who are fond of the medium to gather and share their literary interests.
“I would say ‘come on in and take a look,’” Kaplan said. “If you’re a book lover you’ll be very surprised.”Post Views: 730
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The post which was posted on a pro Benjamin Netanyahu Facebook group was then shared by Artiles.
The photo uses five examples of what the world looks like “According to Liberal America”. There are references to Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal and the #IStandWithAhmed movement.
But the most controversial photo is the first one. It is a photo that first circulated during the 2008 Democratic Primary campaign and it shows Obama dressed as a Somali Elder during his visit to Kenya in 2006. Obama campaign staffers blamed the Clinton campaign for the photo’s publication in the Drudge Report.
“According to Liberal America… This is a Christian,” the caption says of Obama.
Here is a better version of the photo in question:
Obama is a Christian and has spoken at length about the importance of his faith.
Artiles is a Republican who represents parts of Miami in the Florida House of Representatives. He came to prominence earlier this year after filing legislation to ban transgender people from public bathrooms.
A message sent to Artiles’ private Facebook page was not answered by publication of this piece. A spokesperson in Artiles’ Tallahassee office said she would pass along Rise News‘ inquiry to Artiles.
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With Thanksgiving being celebrated around the United States today and the holiday season now coming into focus, every millennial knows exactly what to expect during family gatherings, and lets just say that it’s not presents.
The bombardment of questions is heading your way, but fear not! Here’s our guide to surviving the most anxiety ridden holiday questions.
Q) How’s school?
This go to question delivered by those relatives that you see once a year and who have probably forgotten your name. In short they don’t care about your answer. Best solution? A short answer that segues you into moving away. Try, “Oh it’s great! Have you tried the pie?” or “It’s awesome, give me a second, nature’s calling!”
Q) What are your plans after graduation?
This relative at least cared enough to remember that you’re graduating. Be cautious though, graduation is right around the corner and Christmas isn’t the only time presents are warranted! Try something like, “I’m excited to be done, what’s the best address to send a graduation card to?”
Q) Are you still single?
Everyone knows there’s no good response to this question, so have fun with this answer. Anything from “My dog ate my boyfriend,” to “My waffle maker only makes 1 waffle at a time….so” is a perfect way to dissent from an awkward holiday moment!
Q) You’ve gained/lost a lot of weight!
Just for the record, this isn’t a question and the cheekiness of the statement may prompt a sarcastic response. But remember it’s the holidays, so take the higher ground and why not give yourself a compliment too? Say something akin to, “ Thanks! I really love the way I fill out this outfit,” or “I know! My hard work has really been paid off!”
Q) When are you getting a promotion?
This is one of those questions that may come off as rude unintentionally. This relative probably just really wants to get to know you, so take your time to answer this question fully. You may even discover what’s actually holding you back from that promotion you deserve!
Happy Holidays millennials and may the holiday questions forever be in your favor!
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