My theme this year is Places in my Heart, all about the places I've been and loved and that have mattered to me in a lasting sense.
For my regular readers, you'll see more than the usual once-a-week posts from me this month. I'm having a great time writing them, so I hope you enjoy reading them, too.
J is for Joseph-Beth Booksellers
I went to college in the eastern part of Kentucky, at Morehead State University. Morehead, in the early 1990s, wasn't a very big town (it's grown a bit since). If you wanted city pleasures like movie theaters and shopping malls, you had to drive to either Lexington, Kentucky or Huntington, West Virginia.
So, I often did.
Lexington was around an hour away from campus. And one of the best things in Lexington was Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
In this time before big box bookstores like Borders and Barnes and Noble, when B. Dalton was the best most places had on offer, Joseph-Beth was the biggest fanciest bookstore I had ever seen. I was an English major, so it wasn't hard to find friends who thought wandering a bookstore was an excellent way to spend an afternoon or evening.
There was a beautiful kids section where I spent money I didn't have buying holiday gifts for all my young cousins, a café where I enjoyed desserts with a book, and a HUGE store full of so many books! It was like a wonderland for bookish girls. I *lived* in that poetry section.
Joseph-Beth had the offerings and giant retail space I've come to associate with a big box bookstore, but the feel and spirit of an independent. There was a section where the sales associates put out their recommendations, and creative displays of books based on themes or eras rather than just genre. They held neat events, too. I could have lived there. Heck, I still could!