|Village Books - Bellingham, WA|
Village Books offers new and used books, lots of children's stuff that looked terrific, some magazines, all on three levels. A book buy back program seems to be the norm in most indies. If some out there don't have this program, I would strongly encourage it if it is logistically possible to do so. Upstairs there was a cafe with plenty of seating and a great view. There are also lots of great places to sit on any level to relax and sample a book. There is a great area downstairs for book readings by authors, something Village Books is very active with. It appears that Village Books is enjoying a successful business and this is due in large part to great community support along with great ownership and management. When Village Books moved from a previous location to their present location, 300 local volunteers stepped up to transfer the contents to the new store and Village Books was able to continue operation without missing a beat. Clearly, this indie marches arm in arm with its community.
When you visit Village Books you should make one more stop. Check out Rocket Donuts at the other end of the block. Unless you're on a diet. And jog there so you won't feel so guilty about what you eat. As for the bookstore, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Go and talk to the people, don't rush, and savor this wonderful atmosphere that included great classical music in the background while I was there. They gave me some great recommendations and you know what that means? Go to an indie and buy a book. Bonsoir.
JUST FINISHED: The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion. Loved it. A Sheldon Cooper character in a Disney romantic comedy. 5 stars.
CURRENTLY READING: All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr. Everyone I visit with is raving about this. Haven't met anyone who doesn't like it. So far so good.
RECENTLY PURCHASED: All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr. See above and you'll know why it butted in line in front of all the other books waiting their turn.
|Outside of store, no explanation needed.|
|This is what you'll see when you walk in the front door.|
|Cool area with a hanging sculpture, looking out onto the front corner of store.|
|A great seat to try out a book.|
|I always enjoy seeing the staff favorites displays.|
|A comfier chair. Wake me when it's time to go!|
|A nice interactive kiosk to help customers find what they're looking for.|
|Staging area downstairs for author readings and visits.|
|A great cafe on the upper level.|
|Looking down from the upper level to the front of the store. The front door is directly to the right.|
|Dogs allowed in the store and here is the photographic proof.|
|Chuck & Dee Robinson, the wonderful owners here at Village Books.|
|Yours truly with Chuck & Dee.|
|Paul, the manager on the left with Dee & Chuck.|