For the love of books and community in the heart of Michigan
"Come Home to Alma!" Friday 12/10
We hope you will visit us on Friday, December 10 for the welcome return of the annual "Come Home to Alma!" event to be held from 5-9pm. We will have free gift-wrapping available for the entire evening as well as live entertainment provided by members of the Gratiot String Association from 6-7:45pm. There will also be the opportunity to fold a paper peace crane to add to our holiday tree.
"Come Home to Alma!" is a lovely community holiday tradition that helps provide a much-needed boost to local small businesses - please join us for the festivities!
*A gentle reminder that the wearing of face masks continues to be required in our store for everyone over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status.
Please Note! December 12 is the deadline for all book orders needed in time for Christmas holiday gift-giving.
Share the Gift of Reading!
If you're looking for a way to share the gift of reading with young people in our community this holiday season, please stop by our storefront and make a book donation to Gratiot County Toys for Tots (through 12/10) and/or Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Angel Tree program sponsored by the RESD and United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties.
Deep gratitude to the fine people who coordinate these efforts every year!
While free gift wrap is always provided at Ballyhoo when requested, to meet the anticipated increased need of this service during the holidays we will have a staffed gift wrap station available during the above posted hours.
And yes, it's true...we are expanding!
Can you believe it? We are tickled pink to announce that Ballyhoo Books will soon occupy the entire retail space at 111 West Superior Street! Dawn & John Hall - the beloved proprietors of Treasures - have announced their long-awaited retirement and will close the doors to their vintage retail shop on December 10th. The expansion plans for Ballyhoo include a coffeehouse with ample space for individual study, small group gatherings, as well as a more generous capacity to hold events. Also included in the design plan for the expansion will be additional much-needed storage and office space. Stay tuned for updates on the project!
Zingerman's Candy is Here!
There is a wonderful holiday tradition in Iceland that combines the giving and enjoyment of both books and chocolate on Christmas Eve. We would very much like to encourage the adoption of that tradition here! To assist us in this effort, we now stock some of the finest Michigan-made hand-crafted chocolate - Zingerman's ZZang, What the Fudge? candy bars and Peppermint Bark are now available at Ballyhoo - yummy!
Gift-Giving Ideas for the Book-Lover
At a loss as to what to buy for your book-loving family member or friend? We're here to help! Stop by the storefront anytime to ask for our assistance and be sure to watch for our holiday gift-giving posts on social media. But one of our favorite recommendations is the gift of a Ballyhoo Books gift card. What you give a book lover with a gift card is not just the gift of a new book, but the browsing-for-the-book experience itself - it's the best!
And please remember that you can shop online 24/7 through our website at our online affiliate Bookshop.org and for audiobooks at Libro.fm.