I love bookstores. I love their smell, and the tactile experience of buying a book (without an app). At the moment, this is a little more difficult for some people (for the more obvious reason...oh, and many bookstores are still closed.)
Despite the struggle that bookstores and many other businesses are going through right now, I still have my favs that I like to check in on.
Powell's (Portland, Oregon) - www.powells.com
I know this may be a little far away for people and Portland has been a little "busy" lately, but this city has a VERY large bookstore. It is up there with Voodoo Donuts in Portland (I did a trip detour JUST for those two).
2. Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD) - curiousiguana.com
This is our local friendly Indie bookstore in Frederick. The people who work there are wonderful and say hello to Marlene, the owner, when you visit. They also have a great online site and their book recommendations for people are just perfect (so rare to find THAT nowadays).
3. The Kelmscott Bookshop (Baltimore, MD) - www.kelmscottbookshop.com
Many of you may not have heard of this gem. It is a bookstore for the more books people - collectables, rare editions, cool old prints, artists books, and much more...so many out-of-print books that can't be found elsewhere.
4. Abe's Books (NYC, NY) - abebooks.com
Think collectible meets NYC elegant - yes, check it out for the fun of it. A Worldwide connection of booksellers for antique books.
5. Vamp & Tramp (Birmingham, AL) - www.vampandtramp.com
Awesome artists books and fine press books. And they can help you find anything!
Just look at this video of one of their books they sell ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raS7H31KL2Q&feature=youtu.be
Stills from the video: Dirk Hagner's "Spring Swan" (so beautiful..but the video demonst