Magers & Quinn

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If you are looking for the idyllic bookstore that makes you feel like you are on the set of an awesome movie, make your way to Magers & Quinn (M & Q) located on Hennepin Avenue in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis.  (Which still cracks me up since Uptown is south of Downtown)

M & Q is the first place that I have gone that was not specifically designed for children.  While it was not perfect for them and the kids corner was a bit small, the staff is very inviting and not annoyed by them.  There were plenty of books for my kids to choose from.  You could find numerous different titles in board books, picture books, easy readers, young adult, coloring books, nonfiction books.  We even found a princess book that was written in the Cyrillic alphabet.

This is by far the biggest store I have checked out so far.  It’s smaller than the mega bookstore–Barnes & Noble–but it’s a good size bookstore.  It’s got a huge selection from vintage and rare editions to common paperbacks.

M & Q’s inventory accumulated through used book sales from individuals in the community and from purchasing overstocked book distributors.  It is full of books; there is not a shortage of new and used! From fiction to non-fiction, from cooking to science fiction, from art to travel, from religion/spirituality to journals:  they have something of everything! They even guarantee if the book you are looking for is out of stock, they can special order it for you.

Speaking of knowing what is is stock.  Everything in stock is entered into a database which makes it possible for them to sell books in person instore and online.

Magers & Quinn has been in the Twin Cities for 18 years.  It was started by Magers and his daughter.  Many of the staff that is currently working there has been a part of the family for 10+ years, and they know what they are doing while they look like they know what they are doing.

They are proud to be a part of the Minneapolis community.  They invest in the local schools and libraries: monetarily and increasing the knowledge of books.  They give discounts to students and teachers.

Highlights

  • They host events and readings once a week on average exposing the public to a wide range of genres.  For example:  February 15 Vanessa Veselka is reading from Zazen at 7:30 pm and February 16 Charels Baxter is reading from Gryphon at 7:30 pm.
  • The used books are so gently used that you don’t even really realize that they are used.  I was amazed!  The books in our home are all tattered and torn:  i.e. deeply loved.  Our books are priceless.  I guess that’s what you can say. 
    • The children’s section is in the far back corner located next to the book selling desk.  (Read:  for a few minutes you can leave your children in their section and feel comfortable that it will mostly be okay–at least they won’t run out the store without you knowing)
    • The atmosphere made me feel like I was included in the scholarly bookish world. I felt smart just being there.
    • There were ladders all over the bookstore.  “Mom!  It’s just like Beauty and the Beast!”

    Disadvantages:

    that is not a toy.  In fact, it was
    pretty dangerous.
    • While it’s nice to be able to look for books for yourself, if your children are done?  Then, so are you. Because when they are done with the books, they look for something else to entertain themselves with. You never know exactly what they may find.  And you probably don’t want to find out.
    • The bathrooms have a strong odor of oldness and smoke.  I was okay, but my children were a bit disgusted.  “It stinks, Mom!”  Fortunately, the rest of the store was free of this smell.
    • The lighting was a little, well, sad.  It was nice and bright, but the whole store was lit by fluorescent warehouse lighting.  You can see the office on the second floor overlooking the sales floor and makes up for the dull lighting.
    Magers & Quinn is definitely a safe place to introduce your children to a more sophisticated version of a bookstore because they welcome all book lovers, young and old.
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    About giannarae

    I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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    One Response to Magers & Quinn

    1. “I felt smart just being there”. You crack me up!!! :o)

      I found a used bookstore here in my town. I can't believe I didn't know about it! I plan to go there soon. :o)

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