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2018-01-31 / Business

Monkey See, Monkey Do to be honored as Small Business of the Year


Kim Krug opened Monkey See, Monkey Do Children’s Bookstore in June 2009 with her mother, Kathleen Skoog. Since opening, thousands of families have visited the store, participated in literacy-based camps, enjoyed interactive princess tea parties and celebrated book-themed birthday parties. Kim Krug opened Monkey See, Monkey Do Children’s Bookstore in June 2009 with her mother, Kathleen Skoog. Since opening, thousands of families have visited the store, participated in literacy-based camps, enjoyed interactive princess tea parties and celebrated book-themed birthday parties. The Bee will profile the 2018 award recipients recognized by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce.

The awards are given for “Citizen, Business, Organization and Lifetime Achiever” who reside, work or volunteer in the Town of Clarence.

The criterion for selection of the individuals and business is an unselfish devotion to improving the quality of life in the Clarence community.

The chamber’s annual awards dinner will be held this year on March 1 at Samuel’s Grande Manor.

The chamber will present the 2018 Small Business of the Year award to Monkey See, Monkey Do…Children’s Bookstore.

Kim Krug graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo’s school of management and a master’s degree from D’Youville College in 2001. She began her professional career in health care, working for Associated Heathcare and Blue- Cross BlueShield of Western New York in sales, marketing and management positions.

In 2002, Krug left the corporate world and was a stay-at-home mother for her two children, Parker and Kathryn. In 2004, Henry arrived. Her life centered around her family, friends and volunteer service.

Krug opened Monkey See, Monkey Do…Children’s Bookstore with her mother, Kathleen Skoog, in June 2009. The bookstore’s tagline, “the little bookstore with big ideas,” proved prescient. Since opening, thousands of families have visited the store, participated in literacy based camps, enjoyed interactive princess tea parties and celebrated book-themed birthday parties.

In 2012, the bookstore received the Women’s National Book Association Pannell Award. This award, established in 1961, recognizes the work of independent bookstores that stimulate, promote and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books.

Monkey See, Monkey Do was selected in 2013 to launch best-selling children’s author Jan Brett and her new release, “Cinders.” Bookstore owners worked with staff and interns to create a marketing plan that competed with independent bookstores across the nation. More than 700 families greeted Brett’s tour bus and attended the event at Clarence Middle School. According to Brett’s PR manager, the Clarence launch was one of the “most successful releases in Brett’s history.”

The bookstore was recognized in 2014 by New York Times best-selling author James Patterson. The grant request, submitted by Monkey See, Monkey Do, was in response to Patterson’s 2014 pledge to donate $1 million to independent bookstores across the nation.

The bookstore’s idea was to host the first-ever WNY Children’s Book Expo. The first book expo was held in November 2015 at Kleinhans Music Hall and supported by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, Philip M. and Jane Lewis Corwin Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, Buffalo News, Rich Products, Wegmans, Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, Eastern Hills Sunrise Rotary, Washington Mills, Upstate Pharmacy, Gernatt Asphalt Products Inc. and nearly 40 other WNY companies.

More than 1,500 young families met nearly 40 local and national award-winning authors in the highly successful first event.

In November, WNYCBE expanded the literacy celebration to include a weeklong event in WNY — “KidsLit Week.” Thirty-seven authors from across the globe came to WNY to celebrate the importance of literacy.

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