In the city of New York you are not just limited to one particular activity or store. When tourists visit they don't only go to Times Square or Central Park. Shop lovers don't have to only shop in the streets of Soho or 5th Avenue and book lovers are not confined to the literary walls of Barnes and Noble or The Strand book store.
Lucky for them, New York is not only limited to those chain brand book stores. Book lovers can rejoice in finding popular and one of a kind books in other stores as well such as independent book stores (such as Posman Books) and thrift shops (such as Salvation Army).
Inside you will not only find books, totes and children’s section but also wrapping paper and greeting cards. Posman Books is a decent size book store and as you make your way around the store you will notice that although there is wrapping paper and reading glasses there is no sale section or religious books sold. Instead religious books can be found in the 'inspiration' section and the sale section is recognized as the 'bargain' section.
The company generates a decent amount of customers and it is not only to buy books. In Posman Books website viewers will find events hosted by 92y Unterberg Poetry Center which Posman Books is the official bookseller for. The events are anything from author meet-ups to book readings.
One of the staffs for the Chelsea franchise, Andy Owen, has been working for the company for over 15 years. Owen's favorite part about working in a book store is the ambiance. As the store is slowly filling up with its afternoon weekend rush of customers it's obvious to see the dedication that Owen projects to his work and to his customer.
Owen's reflective glasses show a glimpse of the many reasons why he loves his job. He welcomes his customers with a hello and a smile even as he is behind the register helping other customers."I have been working here for over three years now. This never gets boring," said Owen.
In with that rush of afternoon customers I spot Emily Keener standing in front of the greeting cards table talking animatedly with her friend Helen Chase. Keener lives and works around the Chelsea area so Chelsea Market is her go-to hang out place.
When Keener enters the book store her favorite thing to do is browse the 'picks' section which is located at the front of the store. Keener credits the flow of the store for keeping her interested in continuing to browse. "I try to come to this bookstore every weekend, if possible. I want to support the independent store franchise as much as I can," said Keener.
It is the exact flow and friendly staffers that will make customers and reader enthusiasts excited about visiting Posman Books.