‘It is a genuine pleasure to work here’ are words not always spoken but are a sure sign that you are in more than just an average bookstore.
This is definitely the case for Robinson’s Bookstore, tucked away in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre. Stepping into the store from the polished tiles and luminescent lighting of the mall, Robinson’s offers a literary escape, with its dark wood and floor to ceiling bookshelves, reminiscent of a time when books were the single point of truth. All that’s missing are the chesterfields. Instead, the store dismisses the requirement for couches and offers a wide range of book and non-book treasures.
The unobtrusive staff at the store are more than happy to let you browse and take pride in going the extra mile for their customers–their priority always ensuring the right book is taken home and every taste is met.
While the store is part of the broader Robinson’s brand, the Robinson’s Canberra team talked about the efforts of the independently owned Canberra store to integrate into the Canberra community – top of the list being their intention to select a local charity to support to give back to the community. We loved their most recent effort, an Easter Egg colouring competition reminiscent of a previous decade- and the patchwork of coloured eggs proudly on display above the register showed the wonderful potential this store has for becoming a local haunt for those of us seeking the next perfect book.
The store also hosts local author signings showing that–although part of a larger chain–this store is setting its sights on enriching and winning over the Canberra community. With its comforting and friendly atmosphere, Robinson’s offers a warm retreat that we will be taking advantage of this winter.
You can check out all the details on Robinson’s Canberra HERE
Age is not usually something people like to brag about, especially when we talk about our own! In the case of the long-standing independent bookstore, The Lane Bookshop, however, age is one of its many assets and something the team there are proud to discuss. Tucked away in the gorgeous Old Theatre Lane in Claremont, Perth, you enter the store down a flight of stairs into a tantalising space where every available surface is dedicated to tempting you with your next must-have book purchase.
The store has been operating in the same location since 1980 and has a loyal local following who are rewarded by the team who greet their ‘regulars’ by name and excitedly bring out a copy of the ‘perfect book for you!’ that had been carefully held behind the counter. No wonder the store is also responsible for many of the book clubs that have sprung up in the area–a few conveniently held at the Lane Cafe directly across the way (who make a really decent coffee if you need another excuse to be in the area!).
Book club members and visitors from Canberra (like your friendly Tate House rep) alike are treated to the broad suite of carefully selected books. The Bookshop staff are helpful to a fault in critiquing a book against your interests and recommending other titles if the first doesn’t grab you – exactly the magic you expect from a truly independent store where the passion for books and getting the right book for the right person is valued over a quick sale. (if you can’t tell, we totally heart this!)
The store engages closely with local schools and their libraries with loyalty programs in place to ensure the schools and their young minds are rewarded. This is a theme continued in-store with a large kids and young adult section plush with comfortable mini couches that encourage younger book connoisseurs to stop and peruse the wide selection.
It’s hard not to love this store and the positive contribution it makes as a living, breathing part of its community – all that’s left for you to do is to go and check it out. As their website says, ‘browsers are always welcome’ but it’s a challenge we happily failed not to let browsing turn into buying at this little gem.
Check them out at: http://www.lanebook.com.au/about/
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Book Face in Gungahlin prides itself on providing a wide range of books to meet the needs of customers seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the larger Gungahlin mall. We at Tate House can attest to the support Book Face provides to local authors with all four books from Lisa Cassidy’s The Mage Chronicles series available on Book Face shelves!!
Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and wander the wonderful selection of books in the store. Book Face also has a cool book exchange out the front, where you can bring along a book and swap it out for a new one! As a sister store to the Berkelowe Book Barns in Bowral and Sydney, you have a great repository of reading at your disposal. It’s fantastic to have an independent store in the northern suburbs of Canberra contributing to the Gungahlin community.
Make sure you check them out on Facebook: Book Face Gungahlin