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Tedone Latticini

A recent profile in the New York Times' One in 8 Million feature is a reminder of one thing independent businesses bring to their communities and their customers: history and personality.

Tedone Latticini in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has been a family business since 1924. Owner Georgiana DePalma Tedone lives behind the shop---in fact, she's lived behind the shop for 75 years, working since she was 16. She sells homemade sausage, fresh foods, and makes her own mozzarella every morning.

See more pictures and hear from Georgiana herself here.

Naperville is IndieBound

Independent businesses in Naperville, IL are getting together to raise awareness about their impact on the community, and they’re using IndieBound to do it.

IndieBound Naperville began in October, and now has 50 member businesses. More businesses show up for every meeting. Anderson’s Bookshop spearheaded the group, giving IndieBound posters and decals to other local indies. Now IndieBusiness signs are all over downtown Naperville!

Tom Hanks: as nice as you expected

It’s not surprising to see a signing or event for a local author, artist or musician at an indie bookstore. But when the local event features a world-famous celebrity and Oscar-winning actor--that’s a different story.

Village Books in Pacific Palisades, CA recently hosted a signing with Tom Hanks, a local guy and loyal customer.

Going, going . . .

Recently I received an email from one of my favorite poets--how often does that happen?

Naomi Shihab Nye wrote to say how much she loved the IndieBound message. She's written a phenomenal YA novel on the shop local/independent theme called Going Going. Read an excerpt below. It’s the perfect thing to kick-start your Indie Year in 2009!

Going Going by Naomi Shihab Nye

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