Seattle Times: Seattle bookstores were doomed. Then Third Place helped rewrite the story.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Third Place Books
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Moira Macdonald, Art Critic for The Seattle Times, wrote a warm and fascinating story about Third Place Books. She explains the origin of the store and its offspring, as well.

I don't know if she lives here and frequents Third Place, but she writes about it like a native.

A lot of the joy of Third Place is the experience, but I remind you that you can order books through Third Place just as easily as you can from Amazon - and a real person can help you and give advice. Then a trip to the store to pick up your book when it comes in and a cup of coffee from Burney Brothers or Honey Bear. And you don't have to worry about porch pirates stealing your books.

Moira's story begins:

If you walk through the entrance of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park — right past the signs by the door that say EAT SLEEP READ — on a random weekday afternoon, you might find something nobody could have predicted a decade ago: a neighborhood bookstore, busy and thriving. On a recent visit, a little girl in a dinosaur costume rushed excitedly between the shelves, past a silver-haired gentleman reading quietly in an armchair. 
A young dad, squatting, showed his stroller-bound toddler a picture book; nearby, a mother and teen daughter, heads tilted at precisely the same angle, examined a table of new paperbacks. A woman with a resigned expression and a stack of five hardcovers joined the line at the registers. And thousands of books waited, neatly aligned; each of them just the right fit for someone.

The entire story here: Seattle bookstores were doomed. Then Third Place helped rewrite the story.



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