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The Natural Awakenings Top ⓫ Bookstore Edition

NYC Edition

Every week we search for great companies to inform our subscribers about ways they can help them on their self-improvement journey and highlight their best deals that compile our Top 11 list.

The Bookstore Issue: As the video store, CD’s and landlines, the independent bookstore is a thing of the past, or is it? Vinyl records are back! And so has there been a resurgence with single location brick & mortar bookshops. Even Amazon has entered the physical bookstore category. There is no place better to unwind and ascent today than a bookstore. Here is this week's Top 11 Indie stores where the sheer smell of books will inspire your inner calling.=

➊ East Meets West Books and Special Events

Namaste Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Free special events and talks Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Provide Code: AT-AIMHIGHER for $5.00 off
  • Savings Expiration Date: 09.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • The book sections include Buddhism, Western Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Yoga/Ayurveda, Mantra/Tantra, Meditation, Divination/Wicca, Bodywork/Reiki, and much more.
  • Namaste Bookshop also hosts many special events, classes, and book signings every week and also has a daily schedule of Readers and Practitioners (which include Psychic, Tarot, Astrology, Reiki, Etc.).

Website
Union Square West

➋ Attend a Workshop and Browse Unique Books
Aum Shanti Bookshop

The Deal:

  • Workshops, talks, and seminars Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for $5.00 off any $10.00+ purchase
  • Savings Expiration Date: 10.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • Inside Aum Shanti things slow down and you can feel the good vibes and energy of Rakesh and the staff as they welcome you.
  • A unique selection of books, crystals, candles, incense, and yoga accessories.

Website
Lower Eastside

➌ Self Publish and Sell Your Own Book

Shakespeare & Co.

The Deal:

  • Free book signings and talk – see the calendar Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for an additional 10% Off any Cafe Purchase and $15 for $20 towards any book purchase
  • Savings Expiration Date: 10.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • Write your book! You can publish and sell it right here at Shakespeare & Co. We’ll place a copy on our shelves, details.
  • Partnerships with Google Books, HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and a growing number of publishers, big and small. If you don’t see a title on our shelves, we can print it in less than ten minutes.

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Upper Eastside

➍ Beautiful Illustrated Selection of Books

Rizzoli Bookstore

The Deal:

Free Events Click Here

Why We Love It:

  • Serving NYC for over 50 years.
  • Books specialized in illustrated subjects – fashion, interior design, art, architecture, photography, design, and all subjects of general interest are represented.
  • You can find a selection of European magazines and newspapers, compact discs and DVDs, and their note cards and stationery is a constant delight to customers.

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NoMad

➎ New Age Books and The Place For Psychic Readings

Quest Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for $20.00 off any Psychic Reading
  • Savings Expiration Date: 12.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • An excellent selection of books with a wide range of topics
  • Specializing in spiritual, esoteric, and new age literature.
  • If you ever were tempted to see a psychic reader, this is a great article that provides great information Link

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Midtown West

➏ Books Lovers Community For A Good Cause
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

The Deal:

  • Free Special Events and Non-Profit Click Here
  • Used books from $1.00 – $10.00

Why We Love It:

  • Anything purchased here will be going for a great cause as all proceeds go towards helping the homeless and those affected by HIV/Aids community. It’s a win-win, it’s almost like helping others is also helping yourself.
  • The cafe is adorable and people chat, eat and enjoy the open atmosphere the high ceilings encouraged.
  • A New York downtown institution.

Website
Soho

➐ Miles and Miles of Books Since 1927
Strand

The Deal: 

Why We Love It:

  • The Strand was born in 1927 over on Fourth Avenue on what was then called “Book Row.” Book Row covered six city blocks and housed forty-eight bookstores
  • The Book HookUp, subscription service offers customers the opportunity to periodically receive new releases of signed first edition books. All books are hand-picked by our expert staff Click Here

Website
Union Square

➑ Books For Thespians
The Drama Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Do you have plays and/or theatre-related books collecting dust and cluttering your apartment? The Drama Book Shop offers $1-$3 cash for books Click Here
  • Amazing variety of Events 

Why We Love It:

  • Founded in 1917, the city’s best source for theatrical works — it keeps 8,000 plays in stock
  • On the main floor, patrons post casting calls and other dollops of theatrical catnip on a giant bulletin board by the entrance

Website
Midtown

➒ Most Knowledgeable Literature Staff
Three Lives & Company

The Deal:

  • Post book readings periodically Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for an additional $10.00 off
  • Savings Expiration Date: 10.14.201

Why We Love It:

  • Every single person who works there is incredibly knowledgeable and well-read and full of soul. You can walk in and ask anybody, really, what they’ve read lately and they’ll tell you something.
  • Since 1991 this gem of an indie bookstore has been thriving on discovering literary books that might otherwise be overlooked, and thrill to give them to our customers.

Website
Boerum Hill

➓ Indie Bookstore “Packs A Punch” In Small Spaces
WORD Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Free events, book launches, and panel discussions: Click Here
  • Kids birthday parties, middle school authors, and storytimes

Why We Love It:

  • Lots of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, cute cards, and stationery.
  • Events from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks

Website
Greenpoint and Jersey City

⓫ Independent Mini Chain

Posman Books

The Deal:

Why We Love It:

  • New York Magazine voted Posman the “Best Bookstore” in NYC
  • They earned it with a great selection of adult and children’s books, toys and games, and greeting cards.

Website
Rockefeller Center


 

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