Yes, a store can be considered as a friend. A place that holds some special memories, a place that’s inviting and a place to hang out.
That last part, hanging out is what probably dooms most stores of this type. Carol and I always make it a point to purchase something whenever we do get a chance to shop there.
There aren’t many of these stores left and the ones that are are a bit of a drive. This one is located in the southern part of Jacksonville, Florida which is about a 55 mile trip for us.
Fun memories – both of our children won copies of the newly released Harry Potter books while attending a midnight release event. Tim even won an autographed poster (autographed by “Harry Potter” no less!). When a new Barnes & Noble opened in the north part of Jacksonville in the mid-1990s, Lindsay christened the new carpeting in the children’s section with her most recent meal! No other details needed.
We enjoy shopping at B&N vice buying our books from the online giant. Reading a part of the book or magazine before you purchase it is always fun and holding a newly printed book is a joy.
So if you have a local bookstore please go and support it! Not only will you enjoy your time spent there you’ll also be supporting your neighbors by providing employment.
This Barnes & Noble store is located at The St. Johns Town Center which is an upscale super-regional open-air mall in southeast Jacksonville, Florida.
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