Writer’s Block Bookstore

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Store Name: Writer’s Block Bookstore

Address: 124 E Welbourne Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone Number: (407) 335-4192

Yesterday was the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival where many local artists come out to showcase their gorgeous pieces. Other than the art, one of my favorite things about these festivals is that most stores in the Park Ave area have special sales or discounts going on. Writer’s Block was one of the stores having a special going on where they had 20% off. I can’t really remember if it was 20% off the whole purchase or 20% of every item. I just saw 20% off and was all “YAASSS”.

Cue me dragging my cousin in with me.

I ended up buying two books. Because this post is mainly about the store itself, you can find my post of what I bought here.

Now let’s get on to the store itself.

  

The store is pretty awesome (what bookstore isn’t, though?). They have a great atmosphere and the place is decorated quite nice.

  

They have different rooms in the store that you can explore. My favorite is the one that holds all the YA and fiction novels, of course. In some of these rooms they have some cool nick nacks and giftable items that you can purchase…or just play with.

  

I think one of my favorite things about this store is that it is well lit. I have been to a few bookstores that seem a bit dim and gloomy. Why should it matter that a store is well lit? Well, it changes up the whole ambiance and ambiance can be everything when it comes to business. Better ambiance attracts more people. More people = more opportunities for $$$.

  

The employees are extremely nice and will have good conversation with you. Trust me. I’ve been to bookstores where you talk to their employees for a bit and you hit that awkward moment where you’re kind of just standing there and smiling at each other. Writer’s Block got you if you’re feeling for a nice chat or small talk.

  

You also don’t feel like you’re constantly being under surveillance. It’s a businesses job to make sure you don’t steal their stuff, but it’s also their job to have you feeling comfortable. They do have surveillance cameras so don’t think you can just waltz in and get that five finger discount. If you’re a person who does that kind of thing, shame on you and I hope you’re mother sets you straight.

  

I always feel happy coming into this store. This is a store you must visit if you every find yourself in the Orlando area. Park Ave (the area where this store is located) in itself is a wonderful place for tourists to check out. Heck, you might see me wandering around doing some shopping or stuffing my face with food.

If you live in the Orlando area, please visit Writer’s Block and support your local bookstores!

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Until next time yall!

The Book Worm

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Today, I found sad news The Book Worm, a used bookstore in Orlando is closing. I only recently found out about this store and was pretty stoked to find another used bookstore. It’s sad to think that they will be closing when I just discovered them. According to a post on their Facebook page, the owner has lost the lease to the place and is forced to close down the store forever.

I am writing this post to ask any of you who read this in the upcoming days that live in the Orlando area to go stop by the store and buy something. They are selling books and other merchandise for dirt cheap, so please go and support the owner.

Here’s a few photos that I took of the place during one of my visits:

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Here is their information copied off of their site:

422 N Bumby Av
Orlando, FL 32803
(407)898-7888
HOURS
Monday – Friday
10:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday
10:00-6:00
Sunday
10:00 – 4:00

Maya Books and Music

  

Store Name: Maya Books and Music

Address: 201 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

Phone Number: (407) 321-6504

Merchandise: Used books, records, DVDs, and CDs

I have wanted to check out this place for so long and I finally made the trip! I did get a bit lost and ended up passing by Eustis, but that was totally my fault for opting to take a right turn instead of a left. At least we made it!

   

 

This place did not disappoint me at all. I discovered it through my friend’s Instagram. She posted a photo of herself in a Sanford bookstore and I just had to go to the place myself. A bookstore in Florida that’s near by? Of course I’ll check it out!

  

The place is located on Downtown Sanford’s 1st street where it is a line of cute shops and restaurants for visitors to checkout. For parking, visitors can either parallel park in front of the shop or find parking in many of the other free parking spots.

  

 The place is super cozy. They have sitting areas littered throughout the shop where you can just grab a book and chill around for a while. They have a second story loft area that would be an awesome hangout spot, but its staircase was barricaded by stuff.  Under that loft, there is the music portion of the store where there are many records to sift through. I did not really see much of a collection of DVDs and CDs. Then again, I was in awe with how awesome the store was. 

  

The place kind of reminded me of the bookshop in Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series where Sam works. I think that it is because of the loft and I saw old medical books (like what Isabel could have picked up). The records also reminded me of Shiver because Sam liked to sing and in Linger (SPOILER ALERT SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH NOW) he went to a recording studio with Grace.

  

I really loved the decorations the store had. It was very homey and inviting. They had different patterned carpets covered parts of the wood floors and the sofas were of the comfortable looking type. The lighting was pretty dim, but it added to the cozy ambiance of the shop.

  

The owner also has a super sweet dog named Layla who will just lay there and look up at the customers. According to the shop owner, Layla loves cookies. She’s an older dog that is very friendly. If you are afraid of dogs, I would still recommend coming into the shop. Layla is very friendly and does not look like she would hurt a fly.

  

Sadly, I didn’t pick up any books when I was at the shop. They had a wonderful historical fiction selection, but I could not choose a book that I wanted to pick up. I had so many that I wanted to get, however I tried to narrow it down to one. Since I couldn’t choose one, I opted to just comeback again when I have the money to buy multiple books (I was making sure I had enough to grab lunch at the German restaurant next door).

  

If you ever find yourself in down in Sanford, definitely jot this down on your list of places to visit.

  

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Until next time yall!