Roughly two weeks ago, I was finally introduced to the magic that is Haslam's Book Store. If you weren't aware, I've been eager to visit this book store for a long while now. Over the years, my brother has raved about how glorious each of his endeavors within this store have been. He even takes one whole day off of work each year just to venture throughout this literary wonderland with one of his good friends. Haslam's Day, as they so merrily call it. His love for this book store is apparent. My good friend, Charlene (from Charlene Zale), has also spoken very highly of this place in the past. With all that being said, I obviously had to visit too.
The store is located just on the edge of downtown St. Petersburg, which luckily for us is a mere 30 minutes away from home. In the months prior to our little adventure, I had snagged a $20 Groupon deal for a restaurant near St. Pete Beach called The Salty Rim Grill. We're always a little leary of the places we find on Groupon as we never know what to expect, but we were hopeful in our persuit of some yummy grub. Let me start by saying, we will certainly be back. Their menu provided just the right amount of choices (both for the seafood lovers + those who stray away from all things fishy). I made my decision as soon as I saw that they offered tequila lime chicken tacos + french fries. I'm one of those in-betweeners when it comes to seafood. You know, the type of person who only orders it occasionally (I wasn't really feeling it that day). I also got one of their sunset ritas. G opted for the fried shrimp basket with fries as well. Everything that we ordered was so fresh and full of flavor. And the portions far exceeded what we had expected! We're planning on going back with my mama sometime soon. I've been craving more of those tacos already!
Now, onto our book store experience. The time we spent at Haslam's put me into a state of euphoria. G enjoyed perusing the science, mathematics, and computer sections, as I burrowed through every nook + cranny of the entire store (spending the most time in the science fiction section, of course). There was so much to examine, so many aisles one could easily get lost within. Just as I thought we had reached the end, we turned a corner only to realize that the path kept going. On and on, row after row. Books on books on books and cats! Yes, cats! There are several of them who reside within the store (so you know that I was in heaven), but Teacup was my favorite since she's the only one I had a chance to briefly bond with. And, by bond, I mean I was able to pet her + take a photo of her before she scurried off. The atmosphere is dreamy, to say the least. Sadly, we couldn't spend the entire afternoon there as we wanted to beat the 5 o'clock traffic that would soon plague the Howard Franklin Bridge. I ended up purchasing a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (as Charlene had suggested). There was also a neat collection of William Shakespeare's Star Wars books that I had my eye on, but I later added them to my birthday / Christmas wish-list instead.
I'm very much looking forward to my next Haslam's adventure, be it with my brother, the lovely Charlene, or my hubby again. If you are ever in the vicinity of downtown St. Petersburg, you should make it a point to stop in and experience the magic yourself!