Alright….I feel as though I am about to embark on a very taboo subject in the literary world. See, I believe in the mom-and-pop stores of yesteryear. It breaks my heart when I drive around and see them closing. My favorite toy store, Puns, has just announced it is shutting down after 40 years. Down the street, Bryn Mawr Hardware is doing the same thing, which is why I have guilt in admitting the following….. I frequently shop at Plymouth Meeting Barnes and Noble.
Listen, I love Children’s Book World and the Narberth Bookshop. I do. I love them and more often than not if I am buying gifts, I buy them there. But for casual browsing? The Plymouth Meeting Barnes and Noble is amazing. First of all, there is a Starbucks cafe on site. When book shopping with kids, food is TOTALLY a must. And for me? Well, let’s just I’ve never met a Venti Non-fat Chai that I couldn’t drink.
Ok and let’s just back up to that shopping with kids part. My littlest guy is my constant companion and while he usually gets bored as we run errands, a trip to Barnes and Noble (or in my house “Barnes ‘n” as the kids say) is always sure to put a smile on his face. He will happily let me browse the books on sale or the new releases because he’s just happy to be there.
Seriously, between storytime – which is Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11- and the train table, my kids could play there for HOURS. I mean, we even do playdates at Barnes and Noble! I don’t think my friend, Jen, and I have seen each other’s houses in almost a year. We just head to Barnes and Noble for a snack, some shopping and watching our kids play. Usually, I have to drag them away with the promise of a book to bring home.
And let’s talk about books to bring home. If you shop at Barnes and Noble in the kids’ department (or follow them on Instagram,) then you know Heather. She is a total guru for finding books. Need a book for a young reader? She’s got you. A book about trains? She’s got you. The newest, hottest, book all the kids will be talking about? She’s got you and she’s probably reading it at story time. Oh, and if you need a book for a girl that’s about a princess but not an average princess because you want your best friend’s daughter to know that damn it, she can be a firefighter too and sometimes the prince is the one that needs rescuing? She’s got you. (Real scenario there.)
So yeah. I shop at the Plymouth Meeting Barnes and Noble. I have the membership so I can get 10% off my purchases and that thing gets used so often, I don’t know how it hasn’t melted. Don’t kill me, but if you see me at the cafe, then please feel free to send that latte my way.