And Now the Holidays...

Early snow and early cold! We’ve got about a foot up on the farm. The chickens have a little heater gizmo under their water tank and we’ve been gathering plenty of wood for our woodstoves. So, it’s winter and thoughts and efforts turn to the Holidays. Buy Local is our mantra! Just as our population swells in the summer, it shrinks in the winter. So as with the other Bayfield merchants Buy Local is critical.

Think about it. How many in-store author appearances has Amazon staged in Bayfield? How many people has Barnes & Noble employed in Bayfield? How much has Borders contributed to Bayfield community organizations? How much have all of the above collected in sales taxes to support public and social services in Bayfield? Remember, for every $100 a consumer spends local businesses give back $68 to their local economy – chain stores give back only $43.
 
This Friday, December 3rd, is the initial Bayfield First Friday event. Merchants will offer special deals and in-store activities and entertainment. Restaurants will be featuring exceptional menus and specials.  Starting this week from 5:00 - 7:00pm, this new opportunity to shop locally in the evening will be held year-round on the first Friday of every month.  Our bookshop will offer an author event and signing with Brett Champan and his new novel, Rearview Sunset. Noted local artist, France Austin Miller, will show some of her work and be available to talk about her exquisite Lake Superior water colors and the techniques that have informed her work. Light refreshments from Coco’s in Washburn will be served.
 
All day on Friday the 3rd only, we will offer a 20% discount on some of our favorite and most popular titles. Each would be great gift for someone on your list! Included will be: all of our William Kent Krueger titles, all of our Michael Perry titles, some of our Steig Larsson titles, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Books and Islands by Louise Erdrich, The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Burn by Nevada Barr, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, Old Bear by Kevin Henkes, and more.
 
We will also be offering a variety of sales and specials for the last minute shoppers on Thursday, December 16th! We'll keep you posted.
 
Our in store book club is going strong, and the current book selection is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. The book club meets every other Tuesday and will be meeting again on Tuesday, December 14th. Don't forget members of our book club do receive 20% off the our book club titles.
 
Finally, just after Christmas we have the extraordinary pleasure to welcome New York Times bestseller and local Ashland born-and-bred author Andrea Cremer for a reading and signing of her smash debut novel Nightshade. Mark the date – Monday, December 27th – at Stagenorth in Washburn!   This event – a collaboration between Stagenorth and Apostle Islands Booksellers – will be the literary highlight of the season! Be there!