1. The sense of community
Yeah, you can shop online, but online retailers aren’t a crucial part of your local community and probably don’t remember that the last time you were in you bought like, five paranormal romance novels. (No judgment.)
2. Staff picks!
How else would you find out what John S. was reading this week? He loves magical realism too!
4. The cafe
That crisp bookstore air DEFINITELY affects how the espresso comes out. Just sayin’.
5. The luxury of browsing
Nothing better than holding a book in your hands, flipping through it, and getting a whiff of that amazing book smell.
It’s possible that you haven’t even heard of your next favorite book.
7. Helpful staff
“I’m looking for something that’s a little Fay Weldon or P.G. Wodehouse, but maybe with some steampunk influences. You have something in mind? Oh, really?” (These people are amazing.)
8. The nerdy stuff that ISN’T books
Where else can you find witty and urbane literary greeting cards? Book cover tee shirts? Tote bags galore?
9. They are the best places to spend time
You can leisurely browse to your heart’s content, find your next literary love, and never have to worry about getting hurried out.