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Larchmont's 'Indie' Book Store, Shops Plan Big For Small Business Saturday

The Voracious Reader in Larchmont provides a place for kids to share in book culture.
The Voracious Reader in Larchmont provides a place for kids to share in book culture. Photo Credit: Chaya Babu
Francine Lucidon, owner of The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, N.Y. The store plans fun events and giveaways like this bag on "Indie Book Store Saturday" Nov. 26.
Francine Lucidon, owner of The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, N.Y. The store plans fun events and giveaways like this bag on "Indie Book Store Saturday" Nov. 26. Photo Credit: The Voracious Reader

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Are independent book stores thriving in an ebook market? Thriving? There's no contest, according to Francine Lucidon who owns The Voracious Reader at 1997 Palmer Ave.

"They are the fondue pot of the 21st century, not my quote but I read that somewhere," she said in an interview.

Visiting authors will be visiting her shop among a host of fun for kids and adults Nov. 26 when the store celebrates Indies First 2016.

In addition, it will observe Small Business Saturday, among about a dozen stores doing so in Larchmont that same day.

The national days fall the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They promote town and city based businesses and encourage residents to do their shopping locally.

The initiative is being promoted through Facebook and on social media, Carolyn Fugere, of the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce said.

Bookstore owner Francine Lucidon said for her part she wants to emphasize the importance of having a community based "indie" book store and the role of books in today's culture.

"In times of difficulty, people turn to their authors and poets for escape, for enjoyment, for comfort, for enlightenment," Lucidon explained.

Her store opened almost 10 years ago and continues to thrive in a world of ebooks.

"Books aren't going anywhere," she said.

In fact, "That conversation is old," she said.

And while her store does sell ebooks on its website, the products are not substitutes for actual books and never were.

"People want to read books. This is especially true for kids.Their little faces belong in a book, not over a metal device. People need stories for the culture. It's more necessary now than ever. We need the inherent goodness in works we appreciate."

When she started the business it carried books for kids and young adults, but grew to sell adult books as well. Today, there is also a tea shop in the store, which along with teas and pastries, you can order homemade ice cream.

The Voracious Reader plans an all-day celebration with book signings, coloring, giveaways and more.

The Chamber's Fugere said shops need to set their own goals. Many will have special promotions and giveaways to encourage patronage.

Lucidon's book store, Fugere said, has become a "go to place for kids. They thrive because they offer something different. She offers creative programs and runs a smart business. People in town love it. She loves it and it shows."

Click the Facebook page here to enter the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce photo contest.

The pictures can also be shared on Instagram or sent to info@larchmontchamber.org .

For information on The Voracious Reader, call (914)-630-4581or visit click here .

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