Now we’re on the homestretch, and even though the beautiful morning had turned into sleet and slush, we made it over Stevens Pass while talking about the good times and great booksellers we’ve met and conversed with over the past 5 days. We still had several miles before reaching the end of the bookstore trail with two last bookstores to visit, Snow Goose Books & Frames in Stanwood and Village Books in Bellingham.
Leigh Ann is not prone to ticket producing speeds, so our arrival in Stanwood was in the late afternoon. It was our good fortune to find Snow Goose Books & Frames open in their new location. Having just moved down the street in January, owners Kristine and Tom now host a frame shop in the back of their store. It’s one stop shopping for books, gifts and art projects. We visited with their friendly employee, Sarah who expressed a great joy in being involved with books. The temptation of one last ice cream from the parlor across the street was the only thing that lured us away from Snow Goose.
We blitzed along the back roads to Bellingham and found a parking spot right in front of Village Books, the one and only. Owners, Chuck and Dee, were not in the store but we visited with staff favorites, Robert and Hayden, and Colleen and Harvey, Village Books loyal customers. A Bellingham community favorite for over 30 years, Village Books is a grand bookstore boasting three floors of books, 2 restaurants, a gift shop (Paper Dreams) and of course books for everyone.
And this is where we unpack the Prius and go our separate ways. The back seat is stacked with our books and special tokens/mementos collected along the way. In the end, we want to thank all the booksellers at all the stores who opened their doors and arms to us. We’ve had a great trip, made new friends and visited with old friends, seen beautiful country and well kept stores. Each store was unique, beautiful, thoughtful and obviously loved.
We know we’ve missed some great stores and are already planning our next adventure(s) … Autumn seems like a great time for an island bookstore hop and perhaps beyond….
Love, Leigh Ann and Maggie
The 20 Stores we visited in 5 days, 917 miles at 48/mpg
Cloud and Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita
Cannon Beach Book Company, Cannon Beach
Beach Books, Seaside
Lucy’s Books, Astoria
Godfathers Books, New and Used, Astoria
Vintage Books, Vancouver
Book ‘N’ Brush, Chehalis
Tilikum Used Books, Centralia
Anderson’s Book Co. — Used books, Centralia
Inklings Bookshop, Yakima
Central Washington’s Bookstore, Ellensburg
Jerrol’s Book & Supply, Ellensburg
Pearl Street Books & Gifts, Ellensburg
The Brick Road –Used books, Ellensburg
Amanda’s Book Store — Used books, Wenatchee
Riverwalk Books, Chelan
A Book for All Seasons, Leavenworth
Snow Goose Books & Frames, Stanwood
Village Books, Bellingham
• Bookstores are community builders and a great place for a date.
• Used bookstores can be incredibly organized.
• Even if you own or work in a bookstore, you can still find something new in someone else’s store.
• Bookstore owners go on vacation.
• Bookstore owners don’t go on vacation.
• Whatever bookstore you’re in, you run into someone who knows someone who knows someone. Booksellers are great networkers.
• Leigh Ann eats more than anyone knows.
• Maggie gets up early; Leigh Ann stays up late.
• Booksellers generate good feelings…. Period!