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MASSAPEUA, New York
August 26, 2009
From journal Ohio
November 17, 2005
I wrote this for wheretogousa.com, but they don't mind. Enjoy!
Book lovers and bargain hunters be warned, no trip to Columbus is complete without an excursion to The Book Loft, one of the largest independent bookstores in the U.S. Yes, excursion; The Book Loft is a myriad of history, charm, magic--and books of course--nestled in two interconnected Victorian-era buildings that encompass a full city block. The store’s unique ambience prompted Travelocity editors to name The Book Loft one of Ohio’s Top Ten “Local Secret, Big Finds” for 2005.
When you walk through the door, you are embraced with a child-like sense of adventure at the possibility of exploring The Book Loft’s 32 connecting rooms—each with an individual mood enhancing soundtrack--and 700,000 books. So many tomes; so little time. There are maps available for the directionally challenged, however maneuvering through this fascinating abode sans guidance is relatively easy and heightens the sense of exploration. If you sneak a peak at a small, mysterious, skulking creature among the stacks, fear not; your mind did not deceive you. It’s just the resident cat making his rounds.
The Book Loft’s structure dates back to 1863 and has housed a saloon, nickelodeon cinema and general store, however the books are all new and all discounted. By discounts, we’re not talking about the stinkers. The Book Loft regularly peddles best sellers for 30 percent off the list price. You’ll also find reduced priced versions of the classics and hard to find books. A little red brick business-sized discount card is good for an additional 10 percent off the already reduced price. There are too many books to leave empty-handed.
Following your visit to The Book Loft, settle into one of the comfortable nearby restaurants or cafes. As you peruse your purchases, you’ll enjoy a comfortable sensation that in the era of mega-chains swooping up independent bookstores across the nation, The Book Loft stands like a deep-rooted oak tree and proclaims, “I will not yield.”
From journal Reader's Heaven