|Frugal Muse Books, Madison, WI|
When you enter this store you're immediately hit with that "wow" factor. As in, wow, where do I begin? As I browsed through the store my initial thought was, what DON'T they have? You won't be able to sprint through this bookstore because you'll find so many things to get for yourself and others. It all starts with the books, offering new and used. Customers can receive cash or credit for the books they bring in and shelving all that they intake is continuous as you might imagine. After the books, they have a large inventory of CDs, music on vinyl, DVDs, vintage and collectible books (also available online), comic books, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. To put it candidly, this is simply a large store with a large inventory of everything. I couldn't see a weakness for any book genre. The store reminds me a little bit of Title Wave Books in Anchorage except Frugal Muse doesn't have the volume of sidelines that Title Wave has. One of the best things here though is the wonderfully large space.
Frugal Muse has been around for 25 years. Originally, there were three stores but due to bookstore economics there is just this one remaining. For this store, the introduction of the e-reader in 2010 was when they noticed many of their regular customers disappearing. As Bill S., one of the co-founders told me, it was as if they vanished into thin air. Thankfully for indies like Frugal Muse, the e-reader wave has passed and this store's business has stabilized.
It was my good fortune to meet two of the owners and founders of Frugal Muse, Dave D. and Bill. I could've talked to these guys all day about the business, books, and their terrific store. As I've learned on this journey bookstore people are the best and Dave and Bill certainly fit that description.
So, what are you waiting for? Easy parking, great prices, and comfy places to sit. Bring in your used books and then take your time browsing through a legendary bookstore. Find out what many in Madison and smaller surrounding communities have discovered. A bookstore that will definitely have something for everyone. Go to an indie and buy a book. Bonsoir.
JUST FINISHED: Where The Watermelons Grow, Cindy Baldwin. This fiction would be designated as middle grade reader or YA (young adult). Story of 12-year old Della and her challenge of coping with a mother who suffers from schizophrenia. She tries everything to help her mom but can't come up with the solution. Then she allows the many who want to help her to come closer in her life. A very well-written, touching book. Don't overlook books like this because of their target audience of younger readers. Adults can enjoy these too. Recommended.
CURRENTLY READING: The Haunting Of Hill House, Shirley Jackson.
RECENTLY PURCHASED: The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. Not purchased but gifted, Bloodsuckers, David G. Danielson. The Sensuous Investor, David G. Danielson. Thanks Dave!
|One of the large display windows.|
|This indie is an award winner.|
|View looking into the store from the front entrance. See what I mean by, "wow?"|
|View looking to the right from the front entrance.|
|View looking to the left of the front entrance. By the time you see this, all of those used books waiting to be checked in will be on the shelves or already in someone's home.|
|A great community service for the local children's hospital.|
|Look for this rack for some super bargains. You'll find great prices throughout the store.|
|Table display relevantly themed for October.|
|To the right of the front entrance you'll find some great places to sit for yourself, your friends, or your bookclub.|
|Consider purchasing some of the displayed art work to support local artists.|
|Little table and little chairs for little readers.|
|You'll find some collectible editions on these shelves in the front of the store.|
|If you're looking for the Little Journeys Abroad series, you'll find them here.|
|Or maybe you're a Zane Grey fan.|
|A partial overview of the children's section.|
|A few of the greeting cards available.|
|A nice display of new titles.|
|A rack of cooking themed books along with some of the cookies you'll be making.|
|Lots of CDs available.|
|If you're a movie buff, you'll have many to choose from.|
|Take one of these, you're going to need it.|
|One of the many book nooks.|
|Head for this area in the back of the store for even better bargains and lots of inventory to choose from.|
|View from the back of the store looking toward the front entrance.|
|Great customer service that happens at almost every independent bookstore.|
|Boy, I could've used a section like this a few years back!|
|The store has an outstanding music section.|
|With Dave on the left and Bill on the right, two of the fine co-owners you'll meet at Frugal Muse. Thanks for a great visit.|