We were completely heartbroken to see that the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown closed over the New Year’s Day weekend. Our very first apartment was just a couple of doors down from there…
It’s where I would hang out endlessly between jobs, polishing my resume, when I was “downsized” from my first corporate job…It’s where I would pass some time on evenings when I was a bit lonely when diplo-husband before he was my husband was away in Saudi Arabia, and where an older gentleman offered me a piece of apple cake when he saw I was crying and told me my husband was a fool for leaving.
It’s where I consulted magazine upon magazine when I remodeled our itty bitty kitchen to pass the time when DH was in said Saudi Arabia…And then again where I consulted magazine upon magazine while planning our wedding in Poland. And then again where I consulted magazine upon magazine becuase I really love magazines.
It’s where I bought our travel books. It’s where I knew I could always count on a bathroom and a coffee until 11pm every night if I needed. Maybe I should have done less browsing and more purchasing. Maybe I should have come more often once we moved to another neighborhood. Maybe they’ll come back.
Bookstores have been having a rough go of it – not only in Washington, but I think it says something when the nation’s capital city can’t support having its established ones. Olsson’s closed all its locations, Borders did too…To my knowledge is Books a Million on Dupont (maybe they’ll renovate?), Kramer’s, and Politics and Prose (who will be changing owners). I guess part of it is changing times and changing habits, but as we all know, I’m not really one for this kind of change.
They say the space will now be a Niketown.