|Outside Elliott Bay Book Co. - Seattle, WA|
A very large and expansive main floor which without shelves of books one could picture as an auto garage with a little imagination. There is a huge inventory of books here but it doesn't feel crowded at all. Roomy and airy with sky lights cut into the ceiling making this a very bright bookstore. There is a great children's section in the rear and also a great cafe with plenty of seating. There are also other great places to sit and read throughout the store. There is a huge wall of staff picks and there are also staff picks scattered through the shelves of books all around the store. Also, a great section of regional books and authors. You can also pick up a t-shirt, book bag, greeting card, or bookstore type knick-knack. Rich H, the manager, tells me that Elliott Bay Books is doing quite all and I get the impression that it has great local support. It is located in an area that has a very Bohemian kind of atmosphere. As a non-local visiting, my biggest complaint was parking.
They also have a great rewards program here with an Elliott Bay Books card. After 20 purchases of over $10 the card holder is qualified for $20 off a subsequent purchase. A great idea for all you compulsive book buyers and regular customers. This is the first I've seen something like this in my visits and I think more indies should do it.
After you get done buying a book here walk across the street to EM music. Huge collection of vinyl and CDs. But always, go to an indie and buy a book. Bonsoir.
CURRENTLY READING: Inferno, Dan Brown.
JUST FINISHED: The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson. Decent. You'll appreciate wherever you live after reading this. 3 stars.
RECENTLY PURCHASED: Andre The Giant, Box Brown. I'm usually not a big graphic novel fan but Rich H. at EBB gives this 5 stars.
|Can you believe this used to be an auto repair shop?|
|Cool window above the front doors.|
|My first view from just inside the front door.|
|An incredible display of staff picks!|
|A rare sighting of a visiting celebrity looking for a bargain.|
|The celebrity on the left (ok, yes, it's my mom!) always looking for great chairs. Here they are!|
|Looking from the rear of the store toward the front.|
|A great children's section.|
|What 5 year old wouldn't want to play in this castle in the children's section?!|
|A great cafe in the rear of the store.|
|Rich H, a manager.|
|Yours truly and Rich H. after a great visit at Elliott Bay Books!|