Friday, July 20, 2018

Everybody's Bookstore - Rapid City, SD

Everybody's Bookstore, Rapid City, SD
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Readers, when you visit Everybody's Bookstore in Rapid City I would encourage you to wear a life vest or maybe a pair of water wings.  You'll encounter few waves, the waters will be calm, but you will most definitely be awash in a sea of books.  This is the kind of bookstore you can sink your teeth into.  When you enter this store your eyes will bug out as you try to decide where to begin.  True bookstore junkies will love this place.  My suggestion?  Dive right in and enjoy the swim, floating in a beautiful sea of 40,000 books.

Everybody's Bookstore is a one-level store offering all used books, bursting at the seams.  It's situated perfectly between a residential area and a retail area.  It's also in near proximity to several schools.  This is super for local foot traffic but since I'm not foot traffic, I alway enjoy it when I can find a spacious, free parking lot right by the store.  Lorie S., the owner, has had this business for 23 years, 20 years in its current location.  A great run for any independent bookstore and it couldn't have been done without a great combination of devoted regular customers and tourists.

Lorie offers store credit to customers who bring in their good used books.  This store is mostly about the books, but they do a good business selling maps.  I would strongly encourage tourists to visit here and get maps for much of the regional landscape, everything from hiking maps to conventional road maps.  Everybody's Books also has an online presence that has been very beneficial for their business.  Check out their web site and their sites on various social media.

Lorie is a pro at the bookstore business.  Anyone with a 20+ year run in this industry deserves any recognition they can get.  She was terrific to meet and talk to and you'll enjoy talking to her about books and authors.  She doesn't have the books on a database but she knows what she has and where to find it, just like all the other good booksellers I've met.  I think that's pretty impressive in a sea of books!

So dive right in, readers.  Enjoy a sea where you won't get sunburned or see any sharks.  You'll be surrounded by the friendliest of entities, a sea of books.  Go to an indie and buy a book.  Bonsoir.

JUST FINISHED: I Am I Am I Am, Maggie O'Farrell.  Author's memoir detailing her seventeen brushes with death.  Includes health struggles she's overcome as well as health struggles of her daughter.  I liked it.  

CURRENTLY READING:  Forsaken, Ross Howell Jr. 

Exterior view from the large parking lot.

Another exterior with an ample display window.  

View looking into the store from the front entrance.  A sea of books.  Dive in and start swimming!

View looking to the right from the front entrance.  

A spinner of books of local interest.  

Have a seat and try out a book.  You can sample books without even getting up.  

Lots of maps and trail guides.  Tourists especially should check these out.  

Allow lots of time for browsing!

One of the long book aisles.  

Another overview.  

Sandra Brown fans will find a spinner of her books.  

Lots of Debbie Macomber books available.  

A view toward the front entrance.  Meticulous readers may recognize the celebrity searching for books.  Yes, that's my mom.  

Always ask your bookstore for these.  

Find some bargains just inside the front door.  

I don't think you can find Ghost Mine Maps at just any bookstore.  

Local maps and guides.  

Take note book traders.  

A great customer service.  I hope all indies offer this.  
With Lorie, the fine owner at Everybody's Bookstore.  Thanks for a great visit.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mitzi's Books - Rapid City, SD

Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD
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It was always Mitzi's hope and dream to have a bookstore in Rapid City, SD.  Unfortunately, she didn't live long enough to see her dream fulfilled.  Mitzi's Books has been around for 7 years thanks to Mitzi's brother Ray, who embraced his sister's vision and his manifestation of Mitzi's Books has allowed the customers to enjoy the spirit of a woman who wanted to be part of an independent bookstore.  Well done Ray, and thank you.

Mitzi's has an excellent location in the heart of downtown Rapid City surrounded by many other retail businesses and a nearby park/square.  This location is perfect for foot traffic and for folks who drive here it is easy accessible with on street parking or in a nearby parking garage.  The store has a main level and an upstairs mezzanine with a wrap around balcony.  This indie offers all new books and a good variety of sidelines including women's handbags and totes (these sell very well), greeting cards, jewelry, teas, and lotions to name a few.  The organization of the store made perfect sense to me.  The staircase in the center divides the main level into two halves with most of the books on the right side of the store and many of the sidelines on the left.  Mitzi's has a strong core of regular customers but also a huge tourist business that often includes tour buses (thank you Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills National Park, Badlands, and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally).  They also enjoy hosting author events in the store and have the option of hosting in the nearby library for larger crowds.

One of my favorite things here was the beautiful and ornately designed display tables and chairs.  It's a line of functional art called Sticks, and every piece designed is one-of-a-kind.  All of the pieces here are book themed and true works of art.  And if you want to check out more original art work, take a look at the walls in the children's section in the back of the store.  As nice as any I've seen.

It was my good fortune to met Mary A., store manager, and Heather, one of the store booksellers.  These two ladies re-confirm to me that all bookstore people are the best.

There's lots of summer vacation time left so when you plan your visit to the South Dakota tourist attractions you've got one more site to add to the list.  Don't miss out on Mitzi's Books in downtown Rapid City.  But be careful, you'll enjoy it so much you might miss your tour bus.  Go to an indie and buy a book.  Bonsoir.

JUST FINISHED:  The Heavenly Table, Donald Ray Pollock.  I like this southern author and I like this book.  It's 1917 and three brothers in the south who've already lost their mother, lose their father and must decide their future.  Their poverty is so constraining that they decide their only way out is crime.  Of course, this is just the tip of the story.  Recommended.

CURRENTLY READING:  I Am I Am I Am, Maggie O'Farrell.

Sometimes sidewalk boards are scribbled out in a hurry.  Not this one!  Nicely done.  

Better check out this cart before you go in.  

A front outdoor patio is the perfect place to sit and try a book.  

Front door with Mitzi's picture.  

View looking into the store from the front entrance.  My picture doesn't do it justice.  Beautiful.  

Table display of recent releases just to the right after entering.  

You'll see this long wall of books on the right wall of the store.  

Display of bestsellers.  How many of these have you read?  

A few of the greeting cards available.  

Variety of sidelines near the front entrance.  

Many stores I've visited this summer are featuring displays of books featured on The Great American Read.  

A fine display of staff picks.  

You can find some of the coolest and unique things in a bookstore.  I'm sure you all know someone who could use gifts like these.  

The store takes advantage of the space underneath the stairway.  

A portion of the children's section.  

You'll see some great art work around the children's section.  

Lots of creativity that you really need to see in person.  

Beautiful artwork in the children's section. 

Lots of gift ideas, all over the store.  

Display of books of local interest upstairs on the mezzanine.  

Partial view of bookshelves on the mezzanine level. 
Visitors to the area need this book.  

This chair is absolutely beautiful.  

Looking down on the store from the mezzanine.  Alert readers may recognize the celebrity shopping downstairs.  Yes, that's my mom.  

Check out the intricacy of this display table.  

Looking downstairs from the mezzanine and toward the front entrance.  

I love this picture.  

Some really unique rings.  

With Heather on the left and Mary on the right, two of the fine people you'll meet at Mitzi's Books.  Thanks for a great visit.