Small Business Saturday is 11/26/11

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday.

Now, Small Business Saturday is an event that drives shoppers to local, independently-owned merchants like Eye of Horus.

This November 26th is a big day for everyone at the Eye. It’s the second annual Small Business Saturday®, when people across the country come out and shop to support their favorite local businesses.

Support Main Street

Small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ just over half of all private sector employees, according to the Small Business Administration. Shoppers can help keep our community unique by shopping at local, independent and other small business, on November 26 and throughout the year.

Ninety-three percent of consumers agree it is important to support small businesses they value. Last year, more than 1.5 million people shared that sentiment by ‘liking’ the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. This year the community of like-minded Americans will grow even more.

Saturday Specials

Eye of Horus says  “Thank You” to our wonderful customers  for shopping small & local rather than going to the mall or “Big Box” stores, so we are offering a specials for ‘Small Business Saturday’ 11/26/11

Buy two calendars or datebooks, and get the third at 1/2 price . . . on Saturday the 26th only!

Plus- Anyone who spends $100 or more on Small Business Saturday will get a free abundance mojo bag.

Here’s how you can help support Small Business Saturday and Indie Businesses like us:
  • “Like” and recommend us on Facebook at facebook.com/eyeofhorusmpls.
  • You can also visit Facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday to join the initiative, give a shout out to your favorite local stores and restaurants, and pledge to shop at small businesses on November 26, 2011!
  • If you are an American Express Cardmember, register your card to receive a $25 statement credit when you shop at small businesses on Small Business Saturday.
  • Most of all, I encourage you to do some of your holiday and everyday shopping at small businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday.
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Better Book Browsing

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Eat Sleep Read

We’re proud to present our new, expanded, more user-friendly book section.  All of the books scattered out front have been moved into this new book nook, and as we add a couple more book-cases, we’ll even be adding more titles.

We’ve decided 2009 is the year of the book at Eye of Horus, and we are working more directly with publishers than ever before.  We hope to be able to have more author events, as well.

Part of our bookish effort was joining the American Bookseller’s Association and becoming an Indiebound store. In our welcome packet we got this awesome red poster, but it was huge (3 feet wide by 6 feet tall), and we couldn’t figure out what to do with it until we decided to put on one of the doors.  It’s a simple poster, in a classic Helvetica type font, and it reads Eat, Sleep, Read.  At the bottom it adds a reminder to support independent stores like ours.  For the bibliophile, that pretty much says it all.  Red is also a lovely Feng Shui activating color, especially on doors, so we just take that as a bonus value.

In fact, by changing the book section from a single corridor to a room you can walk around, and one with south-facing windows, we’ve completely re-energized the back of the store.  We’re still working on some of the detailing, but we think you’ll have a much more pleasant experience, especially when there are more than a couple of browsers.

Highlight Table

Highlight Table

To enhance the flow, we added a feature table in the middle of the room to highlight themes or hot new titles, and of course, now there are books on all four walls.  Admittedly, with three doors and a window, we don’t have as much book space as we might like, but you are pretty much surrounded by books.  It’s sort of a huggy feeling, at least if you’re a book-lover like me, and think books can give you a metaphorical hug.

In addition to having more room for browsers, we even added a bench under the window for you to sit on as you peruse a title or two, so you don’t have to sit on the floor unless you really, really want to.  We know, we know, we could have added more shelving under the window, but for now, we’ll just focus on making it a more pleasant experience if you need to take a load off, or if you are waiting for a Tarot or Psychic reading.  So here are some more pictures for you to get a preview, but we invite you to come on in, and do tell us what you think about it!

Thraicie Shelving Books + Bench (lower right

Thraicie Shelving Books + Bench (lower right

Bench available for serious browsers

Bench available for serious browsers

Books on the North wall, too (view from bench)

Books on the North wall, too