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Best Bookstore: The Book Loft

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With its 32 rooms, The Book Loft combines the pleasure of perusing books with the excitement of navigating a maze. The independent bookstore offers discounts on many of its books, and on a nice day it's fun to look through the bargain books sitting on tables outside the shop.

Many of the genre-specific rooms hold more options than the store's national competitors - the travel section is especially impressive - and the rooms each play music that suits the genre. The best part is that The Book Loft is open each night until 11 p.m., so you can spend the evening browsing.

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