December 14, 2011
Today I had a lovely conversation with Kim Lombardini, Marketing Manager for BookHampton, LLC about yesterday's blog post on Amazon’s attack on small book stores. BookHampton is one of these small businesses with locations in Sag Harbor, (where I personally have purchased books) East Hampton and South Hampton.
Ms. Lombardini said, “The main thing to take away from this is that the local bookstore is part of your local community. When you shop at the local bookstore, the money stays in your local community. When you shop online, the money goes out of your community.”
She agreed with my statements yesterday, that local businesses pay sales tax that supports our infrastructure and that when local businesses can’t survive they leave behind empty, abandoned stores that drive down everyone’s property value. However, she went on to add that BookHampton, in particular, is embedded in the community in a much larger way. BookHampton supports the East Hampton Food Pantry, donates raffle prizes to local schools and organizations, and has sponsored local teams. Its employees are active in the Ladies Village Improvement Society.
Unlike many east-end shops, BookHampton is open year-round, and they offer discounts for teachers.
In an open letter to their customers, the staff of BookHampton wrote:
For over forty years, BookHampton has been an integral part of our Villages. Our tradition of community involvement has reached way beyond book-knowledge and personal service. We have offered our support to families, schools, charities and, of course, unlike the Amazonians we pay our taxes.