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Bailey-Coy Books - 26 Reviews - 414 Broadway E, Seattle, WA - Books Reviews - Phone (206) 323-8842

Bailey-Coy Books

414 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 323-8842
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Located on Capitol Hill, Bailey Coy has always been a source of great new books to read. They have a nice display of new books w/ written recommendations from those on staff that...


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They recommend books I actually like 1/1/2007

Located on Capitol Hill, Bailey Coy has always been a source of great new books to read. They have a nice display of new books w/ written recommendations from those on staff that have read them. Even better, they're not your typical mass market releases, they're books from local authors or newer authors that I wouldn't have heard about otherwise. Some people think they're clever and ask for recommendations only to buy at Amazon where they think they're getting a better deal. Keep it up and Bailey Coy will go the way of the dinosaurs and you'll have nothing to read but Tom Clancy and Ann Coulter. If you do end up paying $2 extra a book, get over it, b/c Bailey Coy also has a frequent buyers card, which ends up being equivalent to a free book after reading 10. And, if they don't have one in stock they'll order it for you. more

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Bailey Coy, a great little bookstore! 6/21/2006

This is a great local business and worth the visit if you're in the neighborhood. The staff and owner are always helpful and extremely well read (while that should go without saying, in this case it is worth mentioning) and they can order almost anything that they don't specifically carry at the moment. They also have a great selection of cards, the new paperback releases are always well displayed and accessible, and the staff reviews have repeatedly guided me to many an excellent read. The magazine section isn't what it used to be, but there is plenty of other material of interest to distract from that fact. The children's section is sweet and well set up, with a great selection. A little-known tip: They validate parking from across the street, under the QFC. Great hours too, open surprisingly late for when you don't know where to wander. more

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Borrow, buy online and buy from local retailers 6/8/2006

We borrow from the library kids books and things that are consumable, but there are still so many books that are keepers out there. We either buy via (a great book comparison site), if they are generic books. Costco also has very low prices on high runner books. But, the books we love, we go to Bailey-Coy. Its a small speciality bookstore. Feels like we are helping the community when we do that. They've been around for years on Capital Hill. The original Bailey and Coy are out of there, but the new owners have kept it up. Also, you can get validation if you park across the street in the QFC underground lot. more

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Very personal bookstore 5/24/2006

Bailey-Coy Books is a small bookstore done really well. I've spent long spells in there, reading whole bunches of little cards with staff recommendations, and being guided by them down avenues I wouldn't otherwise have found. Who'd have thought that in a gay/lesbian-accented Capitol Hill bookstore I would have followed a staff person's high praise and left with a novel (Gilead) about an aging midwestern minister's gentle reflections on his life? Bailey-Coy also has some beautiful local artists' notecards for sale. more

Local bookstores are the best 5/10/2006

I also love walking to Bailey Coy and knowing that I won't be overwhelmed by floors of selections but rather find an interesting assortment of books from Art to Cookbooks to Travel books to Kid's books to Metaphysical books to Science Fiction and everything else. All inside a shop that has very informed and helpful staff. I also love the reviews of books written by the staff and stuck to the shelf so you can get a person;s opinion of a book you may never have heard of. more

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Bailey-Coy Gets It 3/7/2006

I can't seem to wander down Broadway without stopping in to browse, and 9 times out of 10 it seems I buy something. Because it's a small store Bailey-Coy isn't the best place to go if you have a specific title in mind. On the other hand, if you just want to browse, see what's new and possibly stumble on something you wouldn't have otherwise found, it is fantastic. Larger bookstores never seem to get this, they generally concentrate on best sellers in their most popular categories. The crowd isn't always right and Bailey-Coy gets this. They recommend things based on employees taste. Sometimes I agree with them sometimes I don't, but I'm always appreciative of the unique viewpoint. Thanks Bailey-Coy! more

Amazing selection and cool discount policies 3/2/2006

When I have a lot of money some day, I am going to go into Bailey Coy and buy like 100 books. They pick the most interesting books. I could spend hours sitting on the step and reading. and they also have half-priced books for the cost-conscious. I am particularly impressed by their two discount policies. 1: they have a quote outside and, if you guess what book it's from, you get 20% off any book. 2: if you buy 10 books, they give you a gift certificate worth the *average price* of the books you've bought. So if you're buying expensive books, you get one free. more

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The perfect small bookstore 1/20/2006

When the original folks sold this bookstore, I was so scared that we would lose. Yes, Barnes and Noble is nice as is the other megastores, but there is just something about someone who cares so much about books that you can go to just one shelf and find three books you want to read. The front two tables are about all I ever get to there and my wife always then asks me what the heck I'm doing buying 10 books. Go for it though and then head over to the Dilettante Chocolates next door and read it over a good coffee. more

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Irresistible 11/9/2005

I can't seem to walk down Broadway without stopping into Bailey Coy for a quick browse. A great indy book store. more

The Cleanest Place on Capital Hill Also Sells Good Books 9/21/2005

Bailey-Coy Books is the perfect independent bookstore for Capital Hill. They have a ton of classic and new fiction, non-fiction, and an extensive gay and lesbian section. Their fiction includes many more obscure titles and most of the works of younger contemporary authors such as Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, etc. Each shelf has employee's picks which are helpful in finding something new, and the taste's of the employee's seems to be dead on as far as my tastes go. They have a lot of new fiction cheap, and also have hard to find collections such as McSweeney's Quarterly. Any hipster would be perfectly at home in Bailey-Coy. more

A great local bookstore 8/21/2005

These days there are only a few truly local bookstores, and Baily Coy Books is a gem. Located smack dab in the middle of Broadway, this store offers a good selection of general books, with some emphasis on Design, Travel, Literature, Biography, and Gay/Lesbian. The staff is helpful and there are always more than a few good titles on the New Releases tables. Request a punch card and earn free books. more

Surprisingly Good Selection of Graphic Novels 8/21/2005

Bailey-Coy has quite a few things to recommend it. It is in a great location for a quick browse while enjoying Than Brothers or Dilletante on Broadway, and for the small size of the store, it has a rather marvelous selection. If you go in without a specific title in mind, you will probably stumble upon something pretty great. Most impressive is their graphic and alternative comics section. more

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Neighborhood Mainstay 8/20/2005

Wonder where Dan Savage gets his copy of "Harry Potter"? Ever see Annie Leibowitz surrounded by a small throng in a bookstore half the size of a fast food restaurant? This neighborhood anchor has been supporting Capitol Hill in Seattle with a great selection of print for some time now. Don't miss the art and architecture section -- always something interesting sitting on the shelf. If you're local, make sure you get a frequent buyers card -- pays itself off after ten books and gives you another reason to get back into a great store! Staff picks and the discount table are also not to be missed. more

Eclectic and mainstream in one! 8/20/2005

Bailey-Coy is a gem in the Broadway retail community! They carry a solid selection of mainstream titles, as well as a unique set of off the beaten track books. The staff is generally knowledgeable and helpful, as well as friendly. While the store is crowded, it is well organized enough to be navigable. more

Books! 8/20/2005

Bailey-Coy Books is an awesome bookstore to just roam around in and lose track of time. The staff is helpful and intelligent. They can order you just about any book you may want, and there's generally some folks hanging around having some sort of fascinating conversation to either evesdrop on or take part in. more

Something for everyone 8/20/2005

This is the most bustling-because-people-love-it-here bookstores I’ve found (as compared to those bustling-because-we-have-an-intercom-system-or-café bookstores). It feels like every book was selected and arranged at least in part for its artistic impact. From gardening/home books displayed on the wall to a collection of esoteric and fascinating magazines, the staff will help you find what you need. It’s open and set up well for browsing. more

A Great Independent Bookstore 8/17/2005

A Capitol Hill institution, Bailey-Coy has been selling books for as long as I can remember. I have purchased some of my favorite books there, from the Tales of the City series to the Harry Potter books. It's a wee bit small, but once you start browsing the titles and get lost in the literary world, it's doubtful you'll notice. One of the things I like best about this place is the trivia board out front. It has the opening line from a book, and if you get the correct answer, you get a discount. more

Little gem 8/12/2005

I was walking to Than Brothers for lunch and decided to stop into Bailey-Coy books. What a great little book store! Bailey-Coy books is not a mega bookstore like Borders or Barnes and Noble. It doesn't pack its shelves with as many books as possible. Instead many books are displayed with the cover facing you. Hand written recommendations are nicely displayed in front of books. The recommendations are a very nice touch although sometimes not very informative. I think most of them were written by other store patrons. But they do give a more personal feel to the bookstore. Prices are average. more

Last of the independents 8/7/2005

I love bookstores, especially independently owned ones, which are slowly being thinned out. Hopefully that won't happen to Bailey Coy on Capitol Hill. It's a small bookstore but has a very diverse selection of fiction and nonfiction titles. Tables in the middle of store direct browsers to staff favorites and recommendations. I love checking these out...there are books there that I wouldn't have heard of otherwise. more

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An entertaining bus-stop distraction 7/31/2005

Baily/Coy books is the store to turn to when the 49 is 30 minutes late and you're the angriest you've ever been. Just glance at that familiar sign out front and take pride in the fact that knowing the last four words of 1984 will finally get you that 20% discount. The selection there is small, but there are alot of hard-to-find books there. more
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  • In Short
    Bright and comfortable, Broadway's leading independent bookstore features a wide range of titles and a staff with an encyclopedic knowledge of literature. Detailed, handwritten...

  • 4/21/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Broadway, Capitol Hill