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Located on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, The Red Balloon Bookshop is a perfect stop for everyone on the family.
The first time I ever entered this store, I was 10 years old (give or take). It was so magical then.
And it is still just as magical today.
Okay, so I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for books. I like to be surrounded by books. I like piles of books and stacks of books. Books on shelves. Books on beds. Books in bags. Books scattered around my house (just not on the floor where they can and will be stepped on).
It tickles my fancy to see my kids enamoured by books as much as I am.
And The Red Balloon Bookshop does everything right to make books magical.
Grown-up Bargain books,
and Foreign Language books.
And a bookshop filled with good books is even better.
Parking on Grand Avenue can be hectic (like I mentioned here), and The Red Balloon has a small parking lot in the back. This is extremely helpful. I’m sure on busy days, it gets filled up quickly, but check it out first before trying to park on the street. There is also a back entrance into the shop so you don’t need to walk around the store (in the snow if it’s a snowy MN winter).
They offer red balloons to families. One per family. People know where you’ve been if you decide to walk Grand Ave. after enjoying your visit.
The staff is sweet. You can tell that they truly love books. And that they truly love children. They are upbeat and kind, ready with a smile. JackJack was playing with a broken toy and honestly, I wasn’t sure if he had broken it or not. I brought it up to the counter and they didn’t accuse us of breaking it. They didn’t even allude to that (which honestly, I probably would have done). They were so gracious.
They are on Grand Avenue, so when it’s busy, parking can be extremely difficult.
Some of the books within JackJack’s reach were a little too fragile (especially in the basement). A 21 month old tearing through a pop-up book without major adult intervention makes me a little nervous. I do not want to buy a torn pop-up book even if it did come from the Bargain section.
There is a single step (or was it double? I can’t exactly remember) up into part of the store. Everything was carpeted so tumbles were not a major factor but not everything was wheelchair accessible.