Blogging From: Winchester Book Gallery

Every business needs an old fashioned sign like this.

What: Independent Bookstore

Where: Historic, Downtown Winchester, Virginia

Today I am at Winchester Book Gallery. Winchester Book Gallery is the kind of bookstore that has a totally swoon-worthy window display and just anoverall really attractive storefront that lets you know, without even having to read a sign, that it is a bookstore you definitely won’t want to pass by.

Outdoor discount book carts always seal the deal.

WBG isn’t the largest of bookstores. But what they lack in space they most certainly make up for in content and awesome decorations. The first shelf on the right hand side of the store houses tons of really great new releases, including Patti Smith’s “Just Kids,” which I finally purchased thanks to the fact that it was 15% off here! Score!

Due to the lack of space, there aren’t many places to sit down where you can read or write. That is, unless you would like to pop a squat in that big, comfy white armchair in the windowsill. I don’t think the owners would even oppose if you chose to do so because they were some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It seemed like they would be more than happy to have one of their customers become a part of their window display.

My favorite part of WBG is the enormous, literary wall display above the shelves on the right hand side of the store. It features David Foster Wallace, Flannery O’Conner, Mark Twain, and the best damn chalk artwork that has ever graced my eyes. What’s even cooler than this chalky literature homage  itself, is that all of the author portraits were done by local artists. Plus, the store sells smaller-sized prints of the artwork.

"To the Library, and step on it!"

Someone give this an award.

Miniature versions for purchase!

Even though WBG is a great bookstore, the thing that I found inside that really won my heart over was a piece of paper that is actually completely unrelated to books and bookstores.

Who put this here? I love you.

If you do not know what this is referring to, click here. Then please go watch every episode of The Colbert Report, listen to a bunch of Jack White’s music, and then come back to me when you have a full, proper appreciation for these two awesome humans.

Conclusions

Is this a good place for reading or writing? Not particularly, mainly because there is nowhere to do so. If there was more space for a few comfy chairs and a table or two, then it would be ideal. Otherwise, it’s generally a great place for merrily browsing books!

Bonus Points: Epic wall of art and chalk, support of local artists, & cool customers that hang up Stephen Colbert references.

*Update*

The Winchester Book Gallery so kindly shared this entry on their Facebook Wall and added that the author portrait artwork is by Niel and Kerry Focer Stavely at Horse and Hare! Check out their work, it rocks!

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About Katie @ Hungry Runner

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Posted on August 18, 2011, in Book Stores and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the write up! We love our Lit. wall and people really seem to be embracing it. I am one half of the new owners and we have plans to arrange, rearrange, find some seating and re-fill the shelves. We love this shop and hope to continue its 30 year success!

    • Katie (Blog from Bookstores)

      The wall is really something! You guys did a great job with it! I would love to come in an spend some time reading there if guys get a nice little seating area going on! You have a really great bookstore vibe going on in there already 🙂 Wishing you guys lots of luck with the store!

  2. Saw a link to this post on the Book Gallery’s Facebook page and clicked over. Great idea for a blog, I’m enjoying reading about area book places!

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