This particular early November Saturday I wanted to take her to something more unique than a Barnes and Noble. In St Paul there is an awesome books tore called "subtext". Subtext is located in the basement, under an iconic coffee house called "Nina's", pronounced like 9a's, not nee-na's. This is important because that was my grandmothers name, pronounced that way. I never knew that grandma, so it feels like a connection that I never had. Weird? I am fond of this coffee house as a place to end my work day when it logistically just doesn't make sense to battle traffic to head back to the office, but I'd miss too much time being able to respond to e-mails if I headed home since I have a pretty long commute.
Subtext did not disappoint. When we first went downstairs, her first impression was it was pretty cool, but not a lot of books of her genre. There were additional tables and soft reading areas with side tables, as the book store is an extension of Nina's. There seemed to be a couple book studies going on, as well as several browsers. DD#1 looked around, and was about to suggest we go, when I directed her to the "Addendum", the alcove off the main book store, set up brilliantly for teens and children.
|DD#1 browses at the Sci-fi fantasy, next to a John Green display.|
After she settled on a book, we paid for it, and headed back upstairs. There we had a sandwich and coffee/cocoa, and chatted about the book she selected, and other titles by the author. Nina's was bustling with families, college students, and small groups of people catching up with each other. Missing from my work day stops were the multitude of laptops and tablets, though still a few. It was Saturday, so people were looking to recharge with human connections. There was going to be a poetry slam at 2:00, and we debated sticking around. We walked around the neighborhood a little bit, but decided not to stay for the poetry reading. Maybe another time, and with her inviting a friend along to enjoy it with. We did take our time getting home, making a couple other stops on route. We were home in the late afternoon, still time to get a few home tasks done-neglected from the week, and prepare a nice dinner for the three of us before the hubby got home from work. It was a next to perfect Saturday. What about you? What ways would you suggest for spending an elusive free calendar day? Where are your favorite stomping grounds?
|Closer view of the Addendum-great light from the street above. That's DD with three titles already in hand and looking at more.|