The Boone Mall is worth a stop while visiting Boone if you want to take a break from hiking and being outdoorsy. The Cookies & Cream shop has really good cookies that they bake fresh every day. I go there every time I go to the mall. The Gamefather is a retro gaming store with a nostalgic atmosphere where you can buy Nintendos, N64, Sega Genesis, and pretty much any console and games. They also have constant sales going on for DVDs. You can trade in games toward anything in the store. The employees are very knowledgeable. Like the last reviewer, I too had a really nice time at the Black Bear bookstore. The sales clerk was so enthusiastic that paid full price for a book for the first time in years, except that I still got 10% off because it was a staff favorite.