A few tears were shed when Borders declared bankruptcy and closed its doors last year, but for me the real local tragedy came with the

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Best Bookstore Chain

A few tears were shed when Borders declared bankruptcy and closed its doors last year, but for me the real local tragedy came with the demise of Barnes & Noble at U Village, now replaced with a home-furnishings store. With its escalators and in-house Starbucks, huge magazine section and friendly staff, this was the best B&N in the city. Still, the chain survives at Pacific Place, Westwood Village, Northgate, and in Bellevue (the latter in an old bowling alley with a gracefully hooped roof). If, like many harried shoppers, you need to drive and run multiple errands from one parking space, these three retail locations allow you to plunk down your bags, rest your weary legs, and read for a while. B&N may be less efficient than Amazon and Kindle, but sometimes the impulse purchase of a greeting card or magazine can feel like a small human victory against the Internet. And a nice fuck-you to Jeff Bezos. BRIAN MILLER Various locations, barnesandnoble.com

 
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