Given the choice between the contents of the two primary tenants of a coffee table—mugs and info-rich hardcover books—most people would rather absorb the info than the scalding coffee. Give your house guests what they want with the help of today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of books at Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe, located in the heart of Old Strathcona.
Independently owned and operated for more than 30 years, this big, word-based boutique takes pride in its selection of hard-to-find volumes and uncompromised customer service. Shelves are stocked with books of every variety, including interactive options for babies, travel guides to help you plan for an upcoming vacation or daydream, classic fiction, and vibrant art books. Highly anticipated titles for the months of August and October include Crime Machine by Giles Blunt ($29.95/hardcover), The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory ($34.99/hardcover), and Earth (the book) by Jon Stewart ($34.99/hardcover). For a pre-pastime pastime, spend an entire afternoon winding through the well-organized aisles and sifting through Greenwoods' bounty of brain food before you make your selection. If you get lost in all the glory or you left your plastic decoy baby in the car with just the window cracked, ask a friendly staff member for a recommendation.
Because Greenwoods' understands the nuanced nourishment requirements of every noggin, the store will happily place a special order if it doesn't currently carry what you're snooping for, even if you seek something out of print or about Chris Hannah. Swing by the shop to pick up a couple of paperbacks to read during your morning commute, or purchase an additional Groupon as a gift to kick off a great book club with the learned neighbourhood possums.