Most states have privately owned gift shops that feature products made in that state (or have other connections to that state).
The following state gift shops should feature your books: the state in which the publisher is located, the state of residence of the
author, any state featured in the book, and the state where the book is printed. To get you started, here are several such gift shops:
Goat Hill Museum Store,
600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104; 334-353-4969. Web:
http://www.preserveala.org. Gifts made
in Alabama as well as gifts about Alabama.
Golden State Museum, California Specialty Gift Shop, 1020 O Street,
Sacramento CA 95814; 916-653-7524; Fax: 916-635-0314. Web:
Discover California! Gifts & Souvenirs, 114 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814;
916-433-8275. Web: http://www.discovercal.com.
Made in Colorado, 4840
West 29th Avenue, Denver CO 80212; 303-477-7343; 800-272-1046; Fax:
303-433-7343. Email: roberta@madein
http://www.madeincolorado.com. Features Colorado gifts, food, souvenirs,
home accessories, and more.
The Connecticut Store, Made in Connecticut, 120-140 Bank Street, Waterbury CT
06702; 800-474-6728. Email: hank@theconnecticut store.com. Web:
Delaware Made General Store,
32 W Loockerman Street #101B, Dover DE 19904; 302-736-1419. Web:
Georgia Grown Visitors Center & Gifts, Atlanta State Farmers' Market, 16 Forest
Parkway, Forest Park GA 30050; 800-662-7829. Features many Georgia products,
including pecans, peaches, and peanuts.
Heart of Iowa Market Place, 221 Fifth Street, West Des Moines IA 50265;
515-274-4692; 866-274-4692; Fax: 515-274-5020. Email:
Web: http://www.heartofiowamarketplace.com. Iowa's original specialty store.
Sunflower Shoppe, 607 W Douglas Avenue, Wichita KS 67213-4702; 316-265-3933;
888-786-6444. Web: http://www.thesunflowershoppe.com. Kansas gifts.
Take Kansas Home. Web:
Features Kansas-made food products, crafts, art, photography, textiles, books
Kentucky State Capitol Gift Shop, 700 Capitol Avenue, Room 001, Frankfort KY
40602; 502-227-2962. Web: http://www.state.ky.us. A gift shop located in the
state capitol building.
Maryland Store, Columbia MD; 800-999-8330. Web:
Michigania, 100 S Washington Square,
Lansing MI 48933; 517-484-1137; 800-533-9553. They may be out of business. Their
Michigania.com website is not working.
Love from Minnesota, Lynn Sutton, General Manager, 2465 Fairview Avenue N,
Roseville MN 55113; 651-639-1413; Fax: 651-639-1425. Email:
This chain of 22 gift stores features books and gifts from Minnesota (and
The Mississippi Gift Company, 300 Howard Street, Greenwood MS 38930;
800-467-7763. Features Mississippi made food & gifts.
Best of Montana Company, 2912 10th Avenue S, Great Falls MT 59405-3243;
406-761-1233; 877-761-1233. Web: http://www.mtgifts.com.
Nebraska Food & Gift, 208 S Burlington Avenue #104, Hastings NE 68901;
402-462-8083; 877-634-4387. Email:
custservice@nebraskafoodand gift.com. Web:
http://www.nebraskafoodandgift.com. Includes books on Nebraska, pioneer spirit,
Native Americans, regional cookbooks, humor, children's books, and Nebraska
Made in Oregon,
13625 NE Jarrett Street, Portland OR 97230; 503-273-8719; 866-257-0938; Fax:
catalog@madeinoregon. com. Web:
http://www.madeinoregon.com. A chain of 8 stores selling products made in
Tennessee Treasures Gift Shop, West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, 121 Sunnyhill Cove, Brownsville TN 38012; 731-779-9000. Web:
Y'alls Texas Stores, Samuel T Wisialowski, President, P O Box 12009, Spring TX
77391; 281-320-9733; Fax: 281-320-9733. Email:
Nine stores in the Houston area featuring tee-shirts, gifts, souvenirs, books,
and more. The president of the company used to be a Texas history teacher.
The Virginia Store, 555
Settlers Landing Road, Hampton VA 23669; 757-727-0600; 800-633-2203. Email:
Features Virginia gift baskets, wines, foods, pottery, jewelry, books, art, and more.
Made in Washington, 2221 2nd Avenue, Seattle WA 98121-2016; 206-728-0838. Eight
stores featuring crafts, books, specialty foods, and more from Washington state.
Scenes of West Virginia, 1709-11 St. Mary's Avenue, Parkersburg WV 26101;
304-428-0772; 877-987-2363; Fax: 304-428-1169. Web:
West Virginia gifts, food, books, souvenirs, and more.
You can try local city stores as well as state-related stores. Here are several such stores:
Great Chicago Gifts, 65 E
Palantine Road #115, Prospect Heights IL 60070; 847-459-5782. Web:
Features souvenirs, clothing, sports gifts, and local books.
Only in San Francisco,
Pier 39, Box A-01 (Fisherman's Wharf), San Francisco CA 94133;
415-397-0143. Features San Francisco gifts, books, and souvenirs.
The Pittsburgh Store, Debra King, Store Manager, FullTilt Solutions, 4
Smithfield Street, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh PA 15222; 412-322-4494. Web:
Features Pittsburgh gifts and guides.
San Diego Trading Company,
535 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92101; 619-237-1674; Fax: 619-233-3966. Email:
http://www.sandiegotradingcompany.com. Features apparel, souvenirs, and
gifts related to San Diego. Six stores in the San Diego area.
Tulsa Treasures, 411 East 11th Street, Tulsa OK 74120; 918-582-9178. Features
gifts, collectibles, and memorabilia.
There are, of course, many other local and state history museum shops and
related stores that might also be interested in regional titles (whether
regional by author, by publisher, or by subject). For example, the Tennessee
State Museum has a gift shop that features many Tennessee-related gifts.
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