"I am delighted to recognize Michael Barnard," said Buchanan. "Through his hard work, Rakestraw Books, The Bookstore in Danville, continues to be a community institution."
She added, "Small businesses make significant contributions to the California economy. They are the heart and soul of our communities."
Buchanan pointed to the many activities hosted by Rakestraw Books, including author appearances and events with local schools.
Barnard said he was thrilled to be selected as this year's recipient. "It's a terrific honor," he said, "and a nice validation of what we're doing in the community."
As the economy continues to stumble and people are spending less, Barnard said he thinks that seeing a small business thrive is a good sign.
"It must mean we're doing something right," he said. "People think local bookstores are in trouble. They're not," he added with a laugh "The rumors of our deaths are slightly exaggerated."
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