Seattle >Shopping > Secret Garden Bookshop
2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810747.668797 -122.385577
Neighborhoods: Ballard, Adams
I LOVE this store – I love this store!!
I can come in and ask for the book "was reviewed the other day on the radio-it's about a guy and he does something" and they say "Oh it's right here" they are great neighbors and have often had school reading lists posted during the summer so my daughter could come in and buy her required reading.
The staff recs are great, they can get a special order in just a few days. I have seen them ask the parents of naughty kids to reign them in, but I have also seen them get down on the floor and show a kid how to "pat the bunny".
And they gift wrap!
Socialsim lite - with a heavy attitude – Unless you want to be regailed with how everything from the lack of parking in Ballard to the Iraq War is George Bush's fault avoid this store.
Employees have an attitude and consider themselved superior (including one lady I assumed was a boss or owner).
Previous poster correct about their dislike of children - then again most of my points are very Seattle so this store might just be exactly what you are looking for. Id bring out of towners here for a taste of Seattle.
Expert employees – Whenever I need a kids book recommendation, I always go to Secret Garden. They know their stock, they have specific recommendations for age levels and reading tastes, and they've actually read the books. It's a friendly neighborhood store that's never too busy to help a customer. And their staff picks for adults are always good too.
A huge collection of books for kids and plenty of great reads for adults. – In Short
The perfect place for kids, parents, teachers and anyone who acts like a gleeful youngster when they spy a full bookshelf. A wooden table with toys and puzzles beckons the little ones. Down-to-earth, friendly staff members are available for the older set, dispensing tips on age-appropriate reading material for everyone from your one-month-old niece to your grandmotherly block watch captain.
Too Uptight for Children – Though they tout themselves as child-focused with a great book collection situated at the window, don't be fooled into thinking they actually want a child in their store. They appear to have a look but don't touch policy. Though they have loose bricks on the floor in the childrens' section that naturally attracts kids to the area, don't assume your kids can actually touch them. And even though there may be toys on the floor that any child (or parent) would assume were there for children to play with, the staff will quickly be all over you if your child makes that false assumption. Though their location is great, my experience was very transactional and uninviting - not what you would look for in your local, independent bookstore.
happy wordsmith – Warm, friendly, atmosphere and staff. Great selection of books and knowedgeble booksellers.
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