The Return of the Independent Book Store

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Okay, I'm going to date myself here. Remember when there were bookstores all over the place? And there were no chain bookstores? These were bustling, popular hangouts in big cities and small towns. Owned by people who loved books, and could personally recommend something to you. Sure, they had best sellers, but they could also put their hands on something rare or unique you were looking for. And yes, you knew the lady who owned the place, and chances were, she also knew you by name. These great little bookstores have all but vanished, right? Well, I've got some good news for you. One just made its appearance in my backyard on Main Street in Grapevine, Texas. It's call "For Your Perusal," and it's owned by Janelle Foster and Greg Kowalski. If you love books, you'll love this place. Main Street in Grapevine is a real gem. It's a vibrant homage to small-town America, with original 19th-century brick buildings filled with shops and restaurants of every kind. Main Street is a real throwback to small-town commerce, and very popular with locals and tourists alike. For Your Perusal is in one of those wonderful old buildings. When you walk in, you get a real sense of authentic charm, and either Janelle or Greg will greet you and talk books both new and old. So if you're in the area, stop in at For Your Perusal at 411 Main Street. And welcome back the independent book store!

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