Best Book Store (Chain)

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Of the big dogs, Barnes & Noble is the book-lover's bookstore. Sure, this bibliophilic hot spot — the Ladue Crossing B&N is our local fave — offers all manner of gifty items, games and reader accoutrements, but it really works the book thing. For starters, it's often quiet like a library, with just a whisper of classical music to add to the ambiance — you can really get into that Cape Cod vacation you're planning or that scorcher of a romance novel! Plus, the selection is varied but not too vast, making it refreshingly navigable and shoppable. When you add the cozy café and the fair-size magazine rack, it's sometimes difficult to leave.
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