Best Bookstore (2009)

Blue Willow Bookstore

Finding a friendly neighborhood bookstore is a welcome respite from the mega-stores and online warehouses that have become the norm. As it happens, "friendly" and "neighborhood" are two words that describe Blue Willow Bookstore perfectly. It's as much a gathering place as it is a retail shop. Sure, books get sold — they also get talked about (several book clubs meet here, including the Tough Broads Out at Night Book Club for women and Biblueophiles for teens). Books also get read aloud (author appearances are frequent, and Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, Sharon Creech and Joy Preble are all on the fall schedule). They even get sung about (the teen band Harry and the Potters have appeared in concert at the store).

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