Once upon a time, before tablets came to rule our lives, bookstores were everywhere. You couldn't just download the newest release, and there was nothing more satisfying than turning the pages of your favorite book.
When things like Kindles and iPads started to become popular, bookstores started to go out of business. Sure, it's convenient to just download and scroll through a book, but that's no fun.
Fortunately, Jacksonville still has one big book mine.
Chamblin Bookmine has been around since 1976. There are two locations - the original Roosevelt store, and "Chamblin's Uptown" on North Laura Street. On a sunny Monday, my friend Ilyssa and I went to check it out.
The cool thing (well, one of the cool things) about Chamblin's is that most of their stock (98%) is made up of used/rare books. When I say they have everything, I mean it. History, fiction, nonfiction, romance, and about 400 other genres that would fit any reader's tastes. There are 2 floors of books, books, and more books. Of course, there are also some DVDs downstairs, and pictures for sale from local artists.
We walked around the store for a while, just getting lost in the piles of books. It smells slightly musty, like a good bookstore should. I think my one main complaint is that the prices aren't listed on any of the books, so you have to get to the register before you find out what you're spending. You can also visit their site for a (mostly) full listing of what they have in stock right now.
Chamblin's also has a nifty little cafe add on, with coffee, cookies, muffins, and other stuff. Since it's located right next to Hemming Park, it's a great spot to spend a few hours with a good book. We visited the cafe and got some coffees before we walked around downtown Jacksonville a little more.
What's your favorite book spot in town?
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!