From the moment you walk through the flowered entrance of the Children's Bookshoppe, an aura of literary wealth surrounds the visitor. The big red door with its painted drummer boy and genuine straw hat is an entree to floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall bookshelves, spilling over with every type of children's book imaginable.
One small section, toward the rear of the shop, has a make-believe fireplace draped on the wall with downsized furniture, including a bench, rocking chairs with pillows and small tables. In the same area are nifty little specialty gifts. The reasonable prices permit children to shop, using, perhaps, their allowance.
Another separate small room is well-stocked with paperbacks, cassettes and videos only. A neighboring room, very narrow, is used for gift-wrapping and mailings. The shop will special order and mail books anywhere, on request.
A special service this store renders is its children's book club membership. You explain the child's interests and hobbies and provide an age. Then each month an appropriate selection will be made by the shop and mailed to the child. Fees change from month to month, depending on the book involved.