#33 Inklings Bookshop

Inklings BookshopInklings Bookshop
5629 Summitview Ave
Yakima, WA 98908
509-965-5830

Visiting this shop was a very pleasant experience.  It’s in Washington state, not in Seattle, really about two hours away, over the pass, east of the Cascade Mountains — in Yakima, WA.

Yakima is a smallish city of 100k people.  Apples.  Lots of apples are grown here and shipped all over the world.  I mention it, because it’s that much a part of the landscape driving in.

I didn’t know what to expect heading toward Yakima, but Inklings was great.  It’s a medium-sized store in a great location — near a coffee shop and an independent grocery store.  I visited twice and there were always people milling about out front, slipping in and out of the store, browsing.

P1010203Inklings hosts a lot of events with local and nortwhest authors.  Every 2nd Saturday they host an outdoor fair, and there are weekly story hours for children on Tuesdays.

One very interesting aspect about this store is the collaboration they have with schools in the area.  Inklings actually employs an education specialist whose job it is to send out an e-newsletter to teachers in the valley.  It was thought of as a great way to target specific types of customers and they’ve seen an increase in school orders.  Working with schools is also helping create a new generation of bibliophiles.  Inklings has even hosted field trips to the store.  FIELD TRIPS TO A BOOKSTORE!!!

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Published in: on July 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hi Mark,
    I am so loving this book tour of yours . . . the pictures are great and so much fun to see bookstores I’ve wanted to visit myself.

    I work at an independent children’s bookstore in Minneapolis call wild Rumpus.
    Not only do we have a great selection of books, but we’re known for our live animals that include, among others, a chicken, four tailless cats, 2 ferrets, a wonderful fat lizard, two rats, a tarantula, etc.

    Come visit us on your car trip and I’ll take you out to lunch at one of the wonderful local places right by the store. That’s a promise . . . and never fear, I’m not flirting (I have a son your age), but I think you should be feed on your journey.

    Drive safely!


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