In addition to writing books and book reviews for my publisher, I also sell their books. It’s a pleasure getting to know the hard-working, kind, and spiritual owners of the shops I call upon across the country. Few sales reps are welcomed by cheery voices on the other end of the line, as I am.
Many of these shops, as other retail businesses today, are struggling. Their patronage is down due to competing prices online. But in contrast with merchandise we view on our computers and personal devices, there is an advantage and pleasure in seeing items in person, picking them up, and feeling them in our hands.
If we want to continue having these beautiful shops in our towns, we must support them. Not only do we need to step in their doors, we also must purchase items there. They are jam-packed with religious books, statues, rosaries, holy cards, crosses and so much more than seen on the Internet. For example, Linden Leaf Gifts, located in the Providence Center of the Sisters of Providence motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, sells exquisitely handmade hats, gloves, shawls, and blankets made from the high quality fibers of the Alpacas the sisters raise there.
This holiday season is the perfect time to check out your nearest Catholic store. Let’s help keep these shops open
©2014, Mary K. Doyle