I am happy to visit the All On The Same Page Bookstore in St Louis and to write my english essay for you, my friends!
Robin took some time out of her busy meet and greet to speak to me as well. She pointed out the New Releases to me which consisted of some great small press titles that you probably won’t see up front and center in your chain store. A few were local authors, and Robin states on their blog that they plan to promote more local authors and local presses in the future. They’ve even got some book clubs lined up to use the store as a meeting place.
Robin also has a taste for other local flavor. A friend of hers from Boonville, Missouri makes Baer’s Pure soaps, soy candles, lotions, and lip balms which were also featured in the middle of the store. I couldn’t resist a bottle of Lemongrass, Clary Sage, and Tea Tree Bath, Shower and Massage Oil for just $9.00. Other items in the store included cool reading eye glasses on the front counter with carrying cases. I’m sure as the store grows they will be adding other items to their inventory.
You know my rule! I won’t make a purchase in a bookstore unless an employee speaks to me. I even told Robin about this! But no worries, they had already passed the test when one of her friends first spoke to us in the parking lot while we were waiting for the store to open. Customer Service is a priority here and from what I could overhear from conversations with other customers, they speak book here! Robin knows her stuff. I took advantage of the 2 for $10 hardcover price tag and picked up both a Koontz and a King title that I didn’t already have.
And I have to mention the music again, which Robin’s son picked out and even wired the store for. It was a nice upbeat eclectic mix that livened up the place. No soft sleepy classical pianos in the background.
We received 25% off today for liking their page on Facebook, along with a coupon for 10% off next month. There were also giveaways every hour today, of which my friend won a $25 dollar restaurant gift card during the first hour. So lots of excitement and cheer today, and it was well deserved. Like I said, this is a small store but the joy of used books is discovering something that’s new to you anyway. And that’s just what we did! I look forward to visiting again and watching this store build its foundation in the St. Louis indie bookstore community. This is one I’ll be recommending to friends again and again!