On a recent trip to Manchester Vermont, I stopped into the local Indie bookstore. Boy am I glad I did! NORTHSHIRE BOOKSTORE is located in what once was an inn – with three stories of goodies. In addition to what I expected to find – BOOKS – there is so much more in this wonderful store. Plenty of gift items, toys, games, clothing, and a cafe that serves local and homemade sandwiches, soups and baked goods. (I highly recommend the cream of asparagus soup).
The store is over 10,000 square feet with one entire floor devoted to children. It is a world dedicated to and celebrating all things kids. So many books thoughtfully displayed to show off as many authors as possible. They’re in alphabetical order, overlapping, but with enough peeking out to find your favorite title.
It made me curious as to why more bookstores don’t display their picture books like this. At least an unknown author has a chance of “showing off” a title to the world.
The store also had a separate room for kids looking to interact with books and games. Rocking chairs, bean bag chairs, and stuffed animals graced the floor. Books, games and activities were displayed on shelves and tables begging kids to TOUCH and PLAY.
Who wouldn’t want to hang out in a room like this? It looks like a playroom in your best friend’s house.
Anyone who loves books should plan on a stop to this great store.