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    Sunday, May 28, 2006

    Downtown Reviews: The Well Fed Head Bookstore

    Well Fed Head Books

    A really classy bookstore with solid wood floors and shelving. Very pleasing, comfortable atmosphere, almost imperceptible calm music, excellent customer service, and clear section labeling. This is how I expect a proper book store to feel. Personal, comfortable, and friendly. Like they used to be before the onset of huge commercial mega stores and garish fluorescents.

    Well Fed Head buys, sells and trades high quality books in all subject areas including mysticism, and also offers community events like poetry readings, book signings, a book discussion group, monthly art exhibits, and live music. They even go the extra mile by having an online catalog of all of their books available, just in case you want to shop from your home or office. Now that's what I call above and beyond great service. I have never seen another used book store in Springfield do it.

    Stopping in was a pleasurable respite from the usual harried bustle of downtown.

    Well Fed Head is located in downtown Springfield at the corner of Campbell and Walnut (331 south Campbell) and is open from 11 am to 6 pm on Monday and 11 am to 9 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Their phone number is 417.832.9333

    Interesting Factoids
    Well Fed Head is housed in the historic Wallenburg Building which was constructed in 1892. It is the second oldest building in the Historic West Walnut Street Commercial District and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 2002.

    Originally home to the Max Scharff wholesale liquor distributorship and later the prominent Parisienne ladies apparel store, the building served as the home of the Farmers and Merchants Bank throughout the 1940s. The building was restored in 2002 by Tillman Redevelopment LLC.
    (photos copyright MSU Paper, Drury Paper, Well Fed Head Books) [where: 331 S Campbell Ave Springfield, MO 65806-2049]

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    you forgot to mention that it was a Halloween haunted house for over two decades