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Borders: Seattle’s Best—Books/Restroom

March 5, 2010

Have to freshen up before heading into one of the nearby pubs and restaurants near Farragut Square? Need to make a “quick stop” before heading home? Just want to relax with a “not yet paid for” book or magazine? Or how about catching up on e-mail over a good cup of coffee? Head straightaway for Borders on 18th and L Street NW (official address is 1801 K Street NW).

The Farragut Square Borders has been refurbished and is now brighter and friendlier. Couches and chairs are spread out all over the store. Borders Bookstores provide Seattle’s Best coffee and free WiFi . You can set up your laptop in the large eating area or get comfy with it in private on a soft chair in one of the aisles in the book section.

No longer do you need to ask the information desk for a token to the restroom. Just head to the back of the store and go on in. The restroom is fairly clean, well-stocked and well-lit. It’s a good friend to have “just in case.”

So if you need a break during a busy day, take advantage of Borders’ friendly atmosphere. Oh, yes, you can buy books, magazines and DVD’s, too.

1801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006  202.466.4999

Barnes&Noble: A Best Friend—Books/Restroom

March 4, 2010

Barnes & Noble has it all and the books are just the least of it.

I frequent two Barnes & Nobles–the store on 12th and  E Street NW and the one in Georgetown. I often use them for their restrooms before hopping on the bus or subway. When it’s cold out, before heading for my bus, I usually grab a cup of coffee to go. Both are also great places to kill time before heading to the E Street movies or the AMC theaters in Georgetown.

Let’s start with their restrooms. They are clean, albeit small, and well-stocked and they have changing stations for children.

Now move on to the snack/WiFi areas. WiFi is free and beverages are from Starbucks. Both Barnes & Nobles in question have ample seating, although the setup is different in each. In Georgetown there is bar-like seating facing the windows with room to set up a laptop directly in front of you or read a magazine. There are many tables for two or four people. The 12th Street store’s eating/reading area is smaller, but somehow it feels larger. There are plenty of tables.  Both stores seemingly let you stay there forever…doing homework, reading or just relaxing.

Feel smarter…peruse the books and magazines…use the restroom…kick back with a beverage. Barnes & Noble has it all. I love them.

555 12th Street NW, Washington, DC  202.347.0176

3040 M Street NW, Washington, DC  202.965.9880

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