MIBA Store Named Retailer of the Year

Prairie Pages, an independent bookstore in Pierre, South Dakota, has been named that state’s Retailer of the Year for 2012 by the South Dakota Retailers Association. Owners Peggy Stout and Kathy Villa receive the award at a banquet in Pierre on January 9.

The store’s success seems in large part due to the fact that Stout and Villa understand the many hats independent booksellers at a successful store need to wear. The store remains steadfastly local in Pierre’s downtown shopping district, holding book-club discussion groups and poetry readings, and maintaining a staff that actively recommends books based on their customer’s reading habits. In addition, Prairie Pages has stepped into the digital age by equipping their website to sell Google e-books and keeping in touch with their customers through their Facebook page. We congratulate Peggy and Kathy for receiving this well-deserved award!

Peggy wrote to MIBA saying “We are so honored to win this award. Without support and guidance from MIBA and ABA, we wouldn’t be able to dream of something like this.”