Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: Byrd's Books

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Byrd's Books!

Three questions with Alice Hutchinson, owner of Byrd's Books.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business when Borders closed its doors in 2011 and there was a vacuum left in the book world. I had worked for my mother's new age bookstore many years ago and for Barnes and Noble when it first opened in Danbury and felt strongly that the community could use a local place to gather, discuss and buy books and host authors. 

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

I wish I could convey just how important downtowns are to a community. Every time someone chooses to shop online, they are taking those valuable resources away from a local business. "Shop Local" means that a small business can keep the money in the community by hiring employees, paying taxes, and providing personalized service. Yes, it may cost a bit more, but I think the value to a community is well worth it. If you like your local shops, go into them and buy something! It makes a big difference.

Bestselling product/service?

Our bestselling product is books!! Although we provide eBooks and digital downloads, we feel there is nothing quite like a book in your hands!

I tag the Toy Room!

Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Ave. Visit them online here.