Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The bookstore will close on Christmas Eve or when the last book is sold, reducing the number of merchants on Canton's main street.
The announced December closure of Yawn's Books & More, a popular downtown Canton attraction, has left the downtown business community reeling. "We were upset and disappointed [when we learned of the closure]," said Meredith McNeese of Key's Jewlery. "We wish they didn't have to move, but that's expected these days with small businesses." According to Farris Yawn, owner of Yawn's Books, the closure is part of a downsizing effort undertaken to focus on Yawn's Publishing, the growing publishing company Yawn created in his bookstore during his eight year tenure on East Main Street. Although the retail bookstore and diner on Main Street will be shutting down, Yawn's new business will still be in downtown Canton at 198 North St. The move to …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Although the bookstore will close up shop, the Canton business hopes to expand its other enterprises.
After an eight year run as one of the most prominent businesses along Main Street in Canton, Yawn's Books & More will be closing in December. The closure does not mean the end of Yawn's, however; the bookkeeping, publishing and book club aspects of the old bookstore will be transferred to a new location once a suitable property is found. “The only thing we’re doing is closing the physical bookstore,” owner Farris Yawn told the Cherokee Tribune. With the store's closure penciled in for Christmas Eve, 2013 will be a time for Yawn to expand his publishing business, which has already published books from authors in several states. From now until the store's closure, most merchandise is being sold at discounted prices.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
How much is too much to spend on children and teens? We want to hear your thoughts, Canton!
As the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, some people are maxing out their credit cards to pay for presents and others are setting budgets and sticking with them. Scour just about any Facebook stream or stop in a local coffee shop and chances are you’ll hear parents debating the merits of setting spending limits. Or, you'll hear them lamenting about just how much they've already spent. The ideas for a perfect limit do seem to vary rather greatly. Some parents say $100 per child is more than enough. Others tend to lean toward much more generous figures. After all, there’s nothing like seeing a child’s eyes light up as they unwrap gift after gift. And that’s what we want to hear from you about, Canton! Do you set spending limits …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in Canton?
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Woodstock and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
When do you do your holiday shopping?
Every year there is an increased drive to get shoppers into stores. Black Friday now gets an early start on Thanksgiving Thursday, Buy Local campaigns push Small Business Saturday shopping and technology and social media sites encourage Cyber Monday logins. The message is clear - shop early and shop often. So what is your shopping style for the holidays? Will you be shopping off your Thanksgiving meal on Thursday or Friday, supporting the small businesses in your area on Saturday or is the computer your preferred shopping mall on Cyber Monday? There are, of course, the traditional procrastinators, too. Are you one of those shoppers found at the local drug store just before closing time on Christmas Eve? Last week, we asked you what you …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Do you support the proposed tax?
Two local citzens spoke out against the proposed three percent excise tax on rental cars during the Canton City Council's regular meeting Thursday evening. Angie Wiggins, Area Rental Manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, felt the singling out of one rental car company was not "a good way to create a thriving downtown.” She went on to say that though Enterprise is a national chain, each franchise is run independently. The excise tax would hurt Canton residents more than it would help them, she said, because the employees at Enterprise are locals and many locals rent cars from Enterprise. One such local is Daniel Schilling. Schilling agreed with the premise that a tax needed to be leveraged in order to generate funds to revitalize downtown, …