Wednesday, October 1, 2003
The Best of South Florida: Best Book Store
Tonight the Best of South Florida is brought to you by the letter "B". That's "B" as in bookstores. So if it's time to start a new chapter in your life -- the Nightteam's Shireen Sandoval is here to bring us the best "sellers" in town.
(WSVN) -- Tonight, think bee. No, not that kind of bee, this kind of "B".
That's "B" as in bookstore.
As in books on the body,
Or how about a little biography.
If it's on your brain, chances are you'll find it with a binding at one of South Florida's Best Book Stores.
"The people who are here do know books. They love books and are able to give advice."
Our viewers also aren't bashful when it comes to advice. They boast about Our Third Choice - Books N Books in Coral Gables.
"Things are a little more subtle. It's in order to encourage the kind of maximize browsing and the browsing you would do in your own library."
But some libraries can't even compete when it comes to browsing through this bazaar of more than 75-thousand new and used books.
"When I buy a book at books and books I really feel like I'm really supporting an important Miami community, literary community."
Plus this place also brings A-list authors on board.
"We presented authors anyone from Ann Rice to Madeline Albright to Lauren Bacall."
But before you bolt, don't forget to try the bagels at the bakery.
"As soon as I came to books and books I knew I had found another home."
But if you're begging for a home filled with hardcovers and paperbacks, our viewers are betting you'll be dazzled by Their Second Choice - Borders Books and Music in Aventura.
"I don't think of it as a commercial place, it's more of a book lovers place."
A book lovers place with a buffet of written bliss.
"We look to see what's hot out there but also what's local. What the customers really what to see."
What customers really want to see are bargain books and Borders' best sellers.
"I love just the amount of books they have because you can find just about anything here."
But beyond books, Borders' is a booming business.
"They have a little bit better taste than top 40 stuff...Its seems a little more educated."
What viewers love about Their First Choice - Barnes and Noble in Hollywood is the relaxing atmosphere.
What's better than being surrounded by knowledge. You can grab your favorite book, a delicious cup of coffee and read your troubles away.
"The most important thing to meet the customers expectations. We are definitely a destination place."
A destination place that has become a blooming boutique.
And best of all, with these prices, you don't have to beg, borrow, or steal.
"Basically you can come in and purchase full priced books that were one time $60, 70, 50 dollars for 10 dollars, 15 dollars."
And saving a bounty a bucks, let's you add more to your basket.
"They have everything I that I need in terms of school books school books to help me study, a book to just relax or maybe to get ready for an exam coming up."
But if you can't find what you want, the staff is never too busy to brighten your day.
"I feel this is the inner road to whatever you're looking for whether it's just reading or whether it's cooking or whether it's trying to build something. And I'm frankly doing it because frankly I want to learn how to play the guitar."
Shireen asks, "Can you play anything so far?"
"No, I came in for my book to know how."
So once you know how and you've bonded with that bestseller, sit back take a little breather.
"Great environment. A lot of great people come in here."
Now, that's what we call a bonafied blue ribbon winner.
Next week, get ready to ask for a doggie bag because we're going to show you where to find the Best Desserts in South Florida.
Also, we're now taking votes on where to get the Best Halloween Decorations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
BOOKS & BOOKS OF MIAMI BEACH INC.
265 Aragon Avenue
Miami, FL 33134
19925 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33180
BARNES & NOBLES
4170 Oakwood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 33020