Non-chain bookstores are where it's at. Can you recall a time when you wandered into a little shop stacked to the brim with books and didn't have your day instantly improved? It's all about the ambience. Right as you enter there's a cart of used books on sale that are never more than five bucks. Then you'll meander through the expertly organized and comically decorated shelves divided by genre, with a particularly big section dedicated to local writers, books related to the Carolinas, and the great NC outdoors. The staff is friendly and extremely well educated on all things literary. You can also purchase book-related products such as stationary, miscellaneous accessories, and small gifts. A relaxing delight in a busy shopping center, and yes—it's dog friendly!