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Our history, some press, and a pledge drive archive
Established in 2011, hello hello is an independent bookshop owned and operated by Lacy Simons in Rockland, Maine. We feature a healthy mix of used, new and bargain books, as well as a selection of hard-to-find magazines, art & craft, gifts and (from time to time) select vintage items.
To maintain an active and vocal enthusiasm for books and print culture;
to help keep that culture vital and thriving;
to encourage theongoing appreciation of printed materials in an age of overdigitalization;
to provide a source for creative and handmade products,
and to do all of this with an independent spirit.
hello hello has deep and fabled roots: it began in 1992 as Second Read (later renamed Rock City), a business that was integral to Rockland's renaissance. In the spring of 2011, Lacy (then manager of the bookstore) purchased the bookstore piece of Rock City's business and transformed it into hello hello books.
February 2017: We were thrilled to be part of this New York Times article on the activist role of bookstores in the Age of Trump.
January 2017: We got shout-outs in Shelf Awareness (here and also here) and Publshers Weekly after Lacy's participation in the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute conference.
July 2012: Here we are in New York Magazine! That's fun to say.
April 2012: The Boston Globe did a nice little roundup of spots to visit and shop and look around in Rockland, and you bet hello hello was included. (And so was a little picture that gives Lacy some serious perspective on the visual chaos that is the desk area she works in.)
December 2011: Twice in a month ain't bad: interviewed for this piece in the New York TImes on how little shops are competing with giants online.
The Portland Press Herald did a feature on the transition into hello hello (note picture of me mid-explanatory-gesture as well as the appearance of Bill, one of my favorite customers) which was also picked up by The Kennebec Journal--the paper I grew up with.
Bookseller nerd happiness ensues: I'm in 'Bookselling This Week'.
All over May's local roundup theSCENE--pgs 27, 30 and 36.
Like most indie booksellers, I love Shelf Awareness. Even on days when I'm not in it. This day, though, I was in it again. It was a good Tuesday.
Not a bad way to start a Tuesday: discovering that Publishers Weekly shared your story with their 140,000+ Twitter followers.
I made it into the MOBYLIVES Day in Review roundup here.
The Reading Ape donated referral fees to my pledge drive!
I was danged happy to be included in the Notes roundup of Shelf Awareness just a few days after launching my campaign to raise funds to buy the bookstore.
PLEDGE DRIVE ARCHIVE!
In which I learned a great deal about the power of community bookstores and social media.
My pledge drive ran from March 22nd-May 1st, 2011 and generated a lot of attention, for which I'll forever be thankful. Here are direct links to archived copies of my original post and the updates, all of which I've gathered for posterity on hello hello's tumblr site.