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Holiday Open House

By Lauren Cassulis on November 3, 2016

holiday-open-house_1It’s never too early to shop for the holidays! On Friday November 18th, the village of Hamilton is hosting a Holiday Open House. Participating Hamilton stores will be open late to kick off the holiday season with refreshments and giveaways.

Here at the bookstore, we will have locally made refreshments and cider, plus you can enter to win a $50 store gift certificate! Stop in any time from 9am – 8pm. Happy shopping!

Thought Into Action: Traditions

By Lauren Cassulis on September 9, 2016

We are excited to carry a new unnamed-5product: Colgate University bracelets! Student Mike Vitale (’19) is the founder of “Traditions”. Check out their mission statement below.

“With Purpose” only begins to define the attitude we share in designing unique, inspiring clothing and accessories for college campuses nationwide.  Our team is made up of ambitious Colgate students, not the world’s most renowned fashionistas or trademark designers, in order to ensure that we don’t simply slap a school logo onto the fabric that’s been laying around in a massive warehouse for ages.

On the contrary, we custom create from our own ingenuity the pieces in each school’s collection, with a focus on the symbols, stories and traditions that make each 12196110_907890099280481_8546086032136519250_nuniversity undeniably special in their own right.  Our mission as a lifestyle brand is to fill the needs of each individual bookstore when the big box companies won’t deliver.  In addition, we aim to branch out our network as a students for students company, whereas a percentage of the profits made from Traditions will be placed into the well suited hands of Financial Aid at each respective school, to pay it forward when someone affiliated with the university chooses to purchase from our brand.  Today, we ask YOU to begin Dressing With Purpose, starting with Traditions.

Free Makeup Consultations

By Lauren Cassulis on June 10, 2016

Back due to popular demand! Get one-on-one consultations with makeup artist Lisa Kenyon on June 18, 2016.13268491_10154178289713497_5244947557496021880_o

Learn how to find the right colors for your skin tone, easy eye makeup application, contouring, highlighting, skin care, and other pro tips and techniques.

All Smashbox Cosmetics will be 40% off. There will be two sessions, with personal consultations every 15 minutes. The first session will be from 10am – 12pm, and the second session from 1pm – 3pm.

Benefits of Drinking Tea

By Lauren Cassulis on March 18, 2016

12802879_10153976214428497_4877591422654565925_nHere at the bookstore, we are thrilled to carry a brand new line of delicious teas from The Republic of Tea. Tea has always been a favorite of ours, but did you know that there are many heath perks to indulging in a cup of tea? Here are a few benefits that we’ve gathered.

Tea protects your bones. Tea contains many beneficial phytochemicals. Studies have found people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones.

Tea contains antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from aging, build your immune system

Tea doesn’t have any calories. If you do not add any sweetener or milk, tea is calorie-free. If you’re looking for a delicious, calorie-free drink, tea is the way to go.

Tea gives you a beautiful smile. Without sugar, tea contains fluoride that helps keep the plaque away. So drinking unsweetened tea (plus daily flossing and brushing!) will lead to healthier teeth and gums.

Christmas Traditions From Around the World

By Lauren Cassulis on December 18, 2015

Christmas-GiftsAll around the world, Christmas is honored with local traditions and celebrations. Every country has their own unique history of festivities that focus on many different aspects of the nativity story.

But regardless of our celebrations, we all share in the wonderful magic and joy of the Christmas season. Here are a few holiday traditions we’ve gathered from around the world:


In Australia, the holiday comes in the middle of summer and it’s not unusual for some parts of Australia to hit 100 degrees Farenheit on Christmas day. The most popular event of the Christmas season is called Carols by Candlelight. People come together at night to light candles and sing Christmas carols outside.


Unlike Australia, it is cold, wet, and foggy in England at Christmastime. Children write a letter to Father Christmas with their wishes and toss their letter into the fire so their wishes can go up the chimney. After the children fall asleep on Christmas Eve, Father Christmas comes to visit.


Ukrainians prepare for Christmas with a traditional twelve-course meal. A family’s youngest child watches through the window for the evening star to appear, a signal that the feast can begin.


Dutch children eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas on St. Nicholas Day on December 6. Sinterklaas is a kindly bishop. He wears red robes and a tall, pointed mitre on his head. Sinterklaas travels by ship from Spain to Amsterdam’s harbor every winter. He brings his white horse and a huge sack full of gifts for the children. Families celebrate St. Nicholas Eve at home with lots of good food, hot chocolate, and a letterbanket, a “letter cake” made in the shape of the first letter of the family’s last name.


In Mexico, they decorate their homes with lilies and evergreens during the Christmas season. Family members cut intricate designs in brown paper bags to make lanterns, or farolitos. They place a candle inside and then set the farolitos along sidewalks, on windowsills, and on rooftops and outdoor walls to illuminate the community with the spirit of Christmas.



New at the Bookstore: Downton Abbey collectibles!

By Lauren Cassulis on August 21, 2015

037f9708555b92d1e3fa2ece7cf27a8aDownton Abbey…the object of almost as much fascination as the Harry Potter books.

The period drama, which debuted in the US in 2011, was the highest rated cable or broadcast show when its third series finale aired in February this year, reaching 12.3 million viewers and becoming the most popular drama in the history of the Public Broadcasting Service.

It has a remarkably wide appeal. Even celebrities are obsessed with it – from the late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon to the country star Reba McEntire, fans everywhere love this timeless British classic.

And here at the bookstore, we are no exception. That’s why we have a new display of Downton Abbey home décor, aprons, books and so much more!

Stop by to find the perfect gift for the Downton fan in your life!



By Lauren Cassulis on January 13, 2015

Imagination Imag·i·na·tion: 

: the ability to imagine things that are not real : the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced

: the ability to think of new things

: something that only exists or happens in your mind


Where would we be without our imaginations? Every new and original thought comes from our own personal land of make believe.

 And the world of make believe is a magical place. It’s a world where children and grown-ups alike dream up new ideas, sparked through creative play.

 So come play with us in our Imagination Station, where we have over 500 unique toys, all hand selected to stimulate imagination and creativity. We have something for all the buddings physicists, engineers, artists, and future world travelers.

Stop on by, and find out what sparks your imagination.

The sky’s the limit!

Visit our new Imagination Station, a specialty toy store

By Kate Reynolds on November 12, 2014

We are pleased to introduce Imagination Station, our new specialty toy store! While we’ve had jigsaw puzzles and activity kits from Klutz for a while, we’ve greatly expanded our offerings and redecorated the store to match. We’ve combined timeless toys like yo-yos, balsa gliders and Scrabble with modern classic games like Quirkle, Bananagrams and Tenzi.

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Free shipping offer runs through December 31

By Colgate Bookstore on November 10, 2014

Just a quick note that we are now offering free shipping for any purchase made on colgatebookstore.com.  Just use promo code FREE14 at checkout to take advantage of free standard UPS ground shipping.  This great deal runs through December 31, 2014.

Happy shopping!

Event: Bangles & Bling – 10/1/14 from 6-8 p.m.

By Heather Elia on September 24, 2014
Alex and Ani bangles

Alex and Ani bangles

What: Bangles and Bling After-Hours Event
When: Wednesday, October 1, from 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Bookstore’s first-floor Gift Wing
How (much): Free & open to all

You’re invited! Inspired by the positive energy of Alex and Ani (a socially-responsible designer of bangles and other jewelry), this event is meant as an evening for friends to gather and socialize at the Bookstore and learn more about the Fall, Holiday, and Charity by Design collections of the Alex and Ani lifestyle brand.

Locally-sourced refreshments will be provided, and everyone who attends will be entered to win one of  two door prizes (with extra entries given for those who bring a friend).

Bookstore staff and a representative from Alex and Ani will be on hand to share the company’s story and explain the carefully researched and intentionally chosen meanings of the various pieces. They will also demonstrate how to find the most meaningful piece for the intended wearer, and provide gift-selection assistance.

drop-in children’s program (with games and crafts) will be available for ages 3-10 on the third floor during the evening. This program is intended only for children whose grown-up(s) are present in the Gift Wing at the after-hours event. We want to make it easy for you to join us downstairs, knowing that your young one is being entertained upstairs.

Since 2004, Alex and Ani has been dedicated to creating products of quality and beauty that promote mindfulness. Their collections are made up of powerful, meaningful pieces that are artisan crafted entirely in the United States with love and integrity. Manufacturing in America with sustainable materials is an integral part of Alex and Ani’s mission of corporate consciousness, and the power of positive intention is a core company belief.

For more information, please contact the Bookstore at 315.228.7480 or email helia@colgate.edu.