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Boulder Book Store, Boulder

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  • Longtime favorite... what a wonderful bookstore. It's great for browsing and rambling around the way it was meant to be. Great staff, great set up, be sure to look for the bargains on the higher floor...  more »
  • Best place to stop on Pearl Street! Three floors of every book you can imagine. I could spend hours here. Places to sit and read with a fun atmosphere. Don’t miss the basement level too! Prices are fa...  more »
  • Who love books need to make a stop in this super Bookstore! Pleasant. Environment surrounded of the most varied and beautiful décor titles! The children's area and beautiful, surrounded by different toys and titles very inviting for the little ones! To be the periphery only lacked a cafeteria!
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  • Super cool old bookstore for wandering around. Large selection and pretty quick turnover/restocking of the books. They also offer used books at reasonably competitive prices. I find myself stopping by here pretty much every time I'm in the Pearl St Mall area
  • Awesome little book store. Has a very interesting selection of books that you wouldn't find anywhere else. Lots of little nooks to get lost in and it's easy to sink a few hours into just browsing through the store. Highly recommend popping in here if you haven't been in before. Nice staff and kept clean.
  • It's rare that a situation is so upsetting that it leaves me feeling shaky. Such was the case today at the Boulder Book Store. Since the $6.50 candy bar I purchased at the Book Store was rancid, I wanted to return it. I had one other bad experience returning a chocolate bar there a few years ago. In that case, the chocolate was almost like dust. Clearly, this was not how the bar was supposed to be, but I got a voice message from a lady after I had returned the bar lecturing me about chocolate. I assume she had no idea that I spent many years reviewing chocolate and spent time as a pastry chef before that. I know a little bit about chocolate. I'm the first to admit that I have a sensitive palate, but I also know that a lot of people eat rancid products, especially nuts, without really noticing that anything is off. Anyone who has any knowledge of the culinary world knows how quickly unsaturated oils in nuts can oxidize, though. It happens A LOT. I happen to be sensitive to the taste. I can't stand it. Some people don't notice it as much. For the record, I have returned only three bars of chocolate or carob in my lifetime, this being the third. I do not return products if I simply don't like them, but I will return an item that's bad. This experience was bizarre. The three employees who were there initially were nice, but when they called for someone in the chocolate department to come take care of my return, I had a feeling there was going to be a problem. After the lecture I got a few years ago, I assumed it might be something similar. Instead, the lady who approached me had an arrogant air right from the start. She grabbed the candy and shoved some in her mouth and, after a total of .3 seconds, declared she didn't taste anything wrong. Hey, have at it. I'm not touching your crummy bar that tastes like it was left in the sewer. Honestly, after she gobbled up a few more bites and, in her condescending way, said it was fine, sort of shrugging her shoulders as if to say, "too bad" I had had enough. What am I supposed to do now, take the bar back after you pawed it and and ate your fill? I walked out without the candy that I had purchased or my money. Well, one thing is clear, I will never buy from the Boulder Book Store again. I don't need a worthless lecture about what you think tastes OK, and I don't need the pompous attitude. I hope you enjoyed the stale candy you shoved in your mouth, the one I paid for if you recall. You may think that kind of behavior makes you better than others, but all it really does is make you look like a mean fool. Congrats on losing a customer, though.
  • This is the coolest, and biggest bookstore I have ever been too. Multiple floors of shelves upon shelves, I felt like I was in a library-this store has everything. I loved that they also had literature themed toys and other paraphernalia. Definitely worth a visit.
  • I love seeing a thriving independent bookstore. They have a good selection of graphic novels for kids and Safari figurines which brought my kids in. The staff I spoke to in the back were not exactly knowledgeable but they tried.

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