Chain book stores are rapidly eating up smaller, independently owned book sellers; however, it appears that Parkplace Books has found its niche and will not be taken down! This is wonderful for anyone who lives on the Eastside who would like to patronize smaller, more personal businesses.
Parkplace Books is located on the north side of Parkplace Shopping Center in Kirkland. Recently expanded, Parkplace has added a great card/paper/small gift section and really expanded their children's area.
Local book club selections are displayed on one wall, making it easier for book club members to find their selections, but also giving other folks an idea of what people are reading and talking about. Parkplace itself has a monthly book club (or at least it used to). I attended with a friend once, and we found it relatively enjoyable (but we haven't gone back).
Sales staff is friendly and helpful, which is always important to me, and I always find shopping at Parkplace Books a "feel good" experience.
Check them out if you're in the area. I don't think you'll be sorry.