The thing that is simultaneously nice and frustrating about the Hampton villages is that the zoning laws prohibit most big box stores, so you won't see Home Depot, or Linens and Things, or even much by way of fast food (although there is a KMart tucked away in Bridgehampton.) It's lovely because the small town atmosphere is more or less preserved, except for August then all the city idiots are out. ...Oh hey, that's me.
Frustrating because it's not so easy to run out and buy things. But what it *does* mean is that BookHampton gets quite a bit of traffic, since there is no Borders and Amazon takes a few days to deliver. Luckily, BookHampton has a great selection. They even carry literary magazines, which makes me happy.
Still, I'm sure they are feeling the publishing downturn just like any other store. I noticed a promotion yesterday: bring in any 2008/09 hardcover and get $5 off a new book. I asked how it was going -- pretty well! They had a big stack of books. I assume they will donate those somewhere and get a tax write off. I thought that was a clever idea. They also have a "frequent buyer" card kind of like Starbucks used to do.
Anyway, maybe it was just some small thing, but I like to see these stores taking steps to boost business. I frequent a couple of other independent bookstores and I haven't seen much of an effort there. In fact, one of them *only* carries full-price hardcovers, much to my annoyance. Even for children's books. I mean, I get it, they only have so much space and they want to make as much money as they can. But still. I'm kinda cheap.
Tell me about your favorite bookstore? Do you buy most of your books there?
*Yes, my children are STILL on spring vacation. Oh Monday, will you ever come?