My wife and I recently spent the weekend up in Grass Valley. I love the area, and I love stumbling across new treasures....like Booktown Books.
I had never had time to pop in and explore the place, but since we were staying in town overnight, and it was raining, there wasn't going to be a more perfect opportunity to explore what has to be one of the great local bookstores in our area.
The place has everything a bookstore should have....wooden floors, dim lighting, a good mixture of popular and hard to find used books, and of course the "smell." There's something comforting (at least to me) about the smell of used books.
Booktown opened in 1998, a time when so many other bookstores across the country were closing down. The building has a great history. Before it became a bookstore, it was a drug store and before that a Salvation Army office.
I was brought up by parents who loved to read. Well, my dad more so than my mom, but both passed along their love of the written word to me. Now, my wife and I are passing our love of books along to our children.
That alone is the reason why in this age of digital books and kindles, a bookstore like Booktown will remain a comforting place for me to spend a few minutes, or a couple of hours browsing. Colorful covers and exciting new worlds scream out at you to "pick me up and read me" on every shelf. It's an experience you can't get online, or with an e-book...and that's why a "brick and mortar" bookstore experience will always remain relevant to me, and my family.