|Full Circle Bookstore - Oklahoma City, OK|
|THIS is where you park, customers of Full Circle!|
When you visit bookstores, there is wow and then there is WOW! This place is a no doubt about it WOW! If this isn't the best, most complete, independent bookstore in Oklahoma, I'd be surprised. Full Circle Books has been around for 30+ years under the ownership of James Tolbert. He and his staff have done a remarkable job. This store has everything that any thriving and successful bookstore has. An active events schedule hosted right in the store. Its own Full Circle Publishing enterprise. A wonderful cafe where you can enjoy a morning coffee or a light lunch. They also offer wine and beer which I think is great, especially when hosting events. And even though there is a cafe, the store offers free coffee to bookstore browsers. A very supportive local customer base as well as customers from out-of -town. There are some sidelines here but the books are the thing.
Full Circle is a large, wandering one-level with multiple rooms. Just when you think you've seen it all you'll discover more rooms and more books. Many of the rooms have books shelved floor to ceiling, a great look. They're also active with book clubs (there was one meeting on the morning of my visit), schools, and libraries. If this store has a defiecincy I can't find it.
|This is Pearl. If you look closely, you can see the pearls.|
Then there's Pearl the buffalo, one of the store mascots. Pearl has a display of recommendations of local interest. And she's made of pearls. What other bookstore has this?! This place is a keeper and for those of you who enjoy independent bookstores, it's a must see. Go to an indie and buy a book. Bonsoir.
JUST FINISHED: Breaking Creed, Alex Kava. If you like thriller/mystery genres and haven't checked out this author yet, I would encourage you to do so. I wasn't familiar with her and this book is a good one. Creed is an Afghanistan vet who trains dogs for a variety of searches. This book involves Creed and his dog Grace trying to nail a drug ring and child trafficking.
CURRENTLY READING: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver. Short stories.
|Outside window display.|
|View looking into the store from the front entrance.|
|Looking to the left from the entrance and into the cafe.|
|Theater seating! Great seats for a 5-person book club!|
|One of the fireplaces in the store. Originally, all three fireplaces were wood burning.|
|A wall of bookshelves.|
|Another fireplace and in this room you'll also find travel books.|
|More theater seating in case you have a three-person book club.|
|Another view of one of the beautiful rooms with a fireplace.|
|The bookstore opens into a shopping mall area. These are some of the displays.|
|This is the best view I could get from the rear of the store looking toward the front. Not a true picture of how big the store is.|
|A display of award-winning books.|
|Another great way to bring customers (and future customers!) into the store.|
|One of the long book aisles.|
|This is a view of the ceiling in the children's room which is a mirror. Very cool.|
|A partial view of the children's room.|
|The garden/patio area is just outside the cafe.|
|A few of the sidelines available.|
|With Mary on the left and Dana on the right. Thanks for a great visit.|