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“Books for everyone” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Village Books

Village Books
1200 Eleventh Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
360-671-2626
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion
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Bellingham, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Books for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This bookstore is a treasure. Not only are they an independently owned bookstore, but they encompass the heart and soul of the Fairhaven district in Bellingham. Their selection of books is extensive, their staff is knowledgeable, and it's just comfortable to browse through their store. Their building is modern and full of light while also incorporating vintage aspects of the historic Fairhaven area. Chuck and Dee, the owners, are truly dedicated to the task of keeping independent book stores alive and well and what a great job they are doing!

Visited September 2013
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Monument, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A Must when in Bellingham!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

This is a fantastic store! We couldn't browse long and had to make our selections quickly to catch our shuttle and ferry ... which is where the superb customer service comes in! My daughter wanted a specific book and we were accompanied right to it, saving us precious time. Would love to return and spend hours perusing the selections and enjoying the charming atmosphere! Three floors in a charming historic building ~ make the time to enjoy!

Visited August 2013
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Bellingham
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Friendly bookstore with community-minded owners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Beautiful layout and great atmosphere--well-lit, high ceilings, and exposed brick walls, you could lose yourself browsing in your favorite section at Village Books. Their third-floor cafe has a gorgeous sunset view.

Owners Chuck and Dee Robinson are actively involved in great community organizations like the Whatcom Literacy Council, which is just another reason to support this terrific Fairhaven/Bellingham institution.

Visited June 2013
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Ferndale, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Village Books in Bellingham/Fairhaven, Washington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

My first discovery of what a 'real' bookstore can be occurred in the mid-'60's (the "Dark Ages" as my children refer to them!) at the Chinook Bookstore in Colorado Springs. If my schedule allowed, and I was free after Saturday morning classes at The Colorado College, I would walk the 20+ blocks through the old 'Springs" to curl up in a favorite corner of the Chinook with a cup of coffee and a much anticipated browse through a new book or two. Village Books is all that but totally in the current age. (There is good coffee upstairs in the Cafe (ahhh...the view of the Bay), next door at Colophon, across the street at Tony's, etc!) When the children and grandchildren visit...this amazing independent bookstore is our much anticipated first stop for all ages. (Of interest to families with tots, the children's section on the main floor is part play area.)

Visited February 2013
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Dacula
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“A Great Independent Bookseller”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

You can tell the people at this bookstore love books and authors. They promote authors with regular appearances and book signings. The reader's advisory -- I was looking for specific types of books that involved finding new authors -- was outstanding. Based on the books that I purchased and have subsequently read, their recommendations were right on target. Not to be missed by book lovers in the Pacific Northwest!

Visited May 2013
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