Living overseas has caused me to rely on Amazon.com for buying books but when I’m at home in the MD/DC/VA area, I am a loyal customer of the White Flint Borders Books, Music and Cafe in Rockville, MD. I used to work at this store from 1997 to 1998 and due to the fond memories from this job, I never hesitate to go peruse this particular stores shelves. Over a decade later, I am still close friends with some of the people I met while working there. I will admit though that over the years, I find that I like the Barnes & Noble at Tyson’s Corner Mall in Tyson’s Corner, VA though. Maybe it’s because when we go home to visit, we stay my in-law’s house which isn’t far from that mall.
When in downtown DC, I love to visit Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle. They offer a good variety of titles and I love the fact that it’s open (I think) twenty-four hours and also has a restaurant in the back called Afterwards. Another local book store which is has a few locations in the DC Metro area is Olsson’s Books. Their CD section used to be wonderful as well but I haven’t visited one since iTunes became a way of life.
*I just went to the Olsson’s website to make sure I was spelling their name correctly and I sadly discovered that they have closed all their stores and are filing for bankruptcy!! OMG! I just checked Kramerbooks to make sure the same hasn’t happened to them, and they are still up and running. The independent bookstore is definitely facing problems in these tough times.