Borders is more than a bookstore, it’s an incredible shopping experience. I’m lucky enough to have had a Borders open only 5 minutes away. Beyond the fact that they have an incredible selection of books and magazines and a staff that can help you find anything they are a terrific source for shopping, gift shopping. Christmas, Birthday, any occasion you can find the most unusual, best priced items to purchase for that special person.
Borders has 1,200 stores arund the world, 73 outside the United States and I’m lucky enough to be within easy driving distance of three Borders bookstores.
In the book themed area there are the prettiest little book marks and cell phone dangles. The bookmarks are called “Book Thongs” and are embellished with gorgeous glass beads and charms. Pair this with a couple of great books and you have a great gift. No need to know someones size or color scheme this is one size fits all. The book thong costs a measly $5.00. It’s a nice little gift if you haven’t got an enormous budget, a great stocking stuffer or something nice to add to a basket of items. To tell the truth after I purchased one my granddaughter and I ran over to Michaels, bought beads and started making our own.
There is always a marked down book area where you can find super coffee table books, cook books, books for children all at drastically reduced prices. Speaking of children, Borders offers reading sessions for children and other pleasant little events geared for the youngsters..Events are a regular occurance, poetry readings, coffee claches, visiting authors. With all the babble about online dating I would think this store would be a Mecca of interesting people if you were interested in the dating scene. You’d be more likely to meet someone fairly intellectual I imagine. Or hang out in whatever are suit your taste to meet a soul mate.
There are aisles of magazines. No one objects if you peruse them. In our store this is located right next to the coffee shop. This area offers sit down areas where you can have some coffee, a sandwich or a pastry or a marvelous smoothie and read whatever you’ve picked up in the store. The sandwiches in our particular Borders are very fresh, they seem to be geared towards the healthy eating aspect. The muffins are huge, the cookies quite large and there are the croissants,cake slices and wraps so you can binge or restrict whichever is your thing.
The decor is low key with comfortable chairs and lounging style furniture. Everything gives off an air of calm in Borders. There is no raucous music like you hear in Abercrombie & Fitch, there is no definite age group spending time here. It’s a mix of family, adults with and without children, young and older teens, middle aged and old aged all in harmony.
Need a card for a special occasion , they have beautiful cards galore. They have mini books, books on tapes, tapes and CD’s, wonderful games, small leather storage items, great chocolate and other candies. For unusual stationary and pens try the gift aisles.
The pesonnel seem to be very well trained and knowledgable. When I’ve wanted a specific book that they actually did not have in stock the salesperson was quick to offer to order it for me. Most of the sales personnel appear to be young, college age people with excellent manners and people skills.
Whoever came up with the concept of a bookstore with massive people appeal was a genius when they thought up Borders. We now see them in every major area as well as small towns. I have one 5 minutes away and one fifteen minutes away as well as one more twenty minutes away. Three in my general area. Two of these are located in strip mall areas so when I’m shopping if hubby gets bored he can go sit and hang out at Borders. He’s guarenteed to be entertained and never walks out empty handed.