Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Million Blog List

Azizi Books is # 714

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Azizi Books has been added to the Million Blog List! So, once again we are on our way. The Million Blog List is an experiment to see how long it will take to register one million blogs in a list. There are over 70,000,000 blogs out there, so how long will it take to get to one million? Well, Azizi Books is listed as number 714. I read somewhere that it would take 50 years to get to a million if they keep going at this rate. It's a very interesting effort, though. With some more excitement and publicity, I'm sure that list can be filled before I'm 73!

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Buck Really Does Stop Here.

This information comes from a bookmark that we got from the ABA (American Booksellers Association) as a part of their Buy Local First campaign.

For every $100 a consumer spends....
*Local businesses give
$68 to their local economy.
*Chain stores give back only $43.
Local booksellers are members of your community. They care and they contribute. (So true!)

Consumer Quick Quiz
Q: How many in-store author appearances did Amazon stage in your town last year?
A: None. I'd like to point out that since opening in November 2007, Azizi Books has had 15 published authors appear in our store, most of which are local to the Matteson area.
Q: How many people did Amazon employ in your town last year?
A: Zero!
Q: How much did Amazon donate to your local community organizations last year?
Q: How much did Amazon collect in sales tax and pay to support schools, social services and public agencies last year?

So in conclusion, buy local first! Before you run to Wal-mart to buy food, check out the local grocery store or farmers market, before you run to Amazon or Borders come to Azizi Books or order from Stop sending your money to China and India or some other far away land! Supporting local and independent businesses where you are is good for us all.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Lincoln Mall Up and Coming

Many people have asked us why we chose Lincoln Mall in Matteson as a location for our bookstore. It's no secret that this mall has fallen on hard times; foot traffic has suffered, but the main reason we are here lies in one thought. Potential. When I was in junior high, Lincoln Mall was one of the best hangout spots. With all the great stores and a movie theater across the street, what more could young teen girls want? Other people must have thought the same way, because Lincoln Mall was always packed with customers. Well, then something happened. The movie theater closed, and some major retailers left the area. Lincoln Mall lost some of its excitement, and it stayed that way for a few years as people started going to other shopping outlets. But, things are changing. Now, only a few years later, I'm back from college, and Lincoln Mall is coming back as well. Everyone hasn't figured it out though, which I believe is why we get the, "why Lincoln Mall?" question. Maybe they don't believe the new management company can really turn it around into the super shopping experience it once was, but we don't think so. Have a little faith! The Southtown Star wrote an article about the redevelopment happing in Lincoln Mall. Azizi Books isn't the only store that sees potential here.

Read the Southtown Star article here
Lincoln Mall ready for shopping rebound