Northwest NEWS

November 2, 1998


Barnes & Noble opens Wed., Nov. 4


Andrew Walgamott photo

Karen Haussler, Woodinville store manager, and Erin Peters, music manager, prepare for Barnes & Noble opening.

   Barnes & Noble, Inc., the nation's largest bookseller, will open their 25,000 square foot store in Woodinville on Wednesday, November 4.
   Designed as a comfortable and inviting space where shoppers can browse, relax, read and enjoy the many events that are offered each month, the store is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
   Included in the more than 175,000 different book titles in a wide range of subjects, are titles are from local small, independent publishers and university presses. Additional books are available from a selection of more than one million titles and shipped within 24 hours.
   The store features the book department, music department, a children's book and story telling department complete with stage, and a bistro cafe.
   "We offer an ongoing calendar of exciting free events, including poetry readings, book discussion groups, author signings and children's story telling hours, often featuring special guests," said Karen Haussler, Woodinville store manager. Teaque Bale and Ricardo Setka are assistant store managers.
   Decorated with Winnie the Pooh's Enchanted Forest and other popular storytime characters, the children's department is in the back of the store and offers a game area on one side and a stage area on the other. All Newbery and Caldecott Award winning titles are included in the more than 15,000 offered.
   Children's story times are offered every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and last about one-half hour.
   Customers can choose from more than 35,000 CD and cassette titles in the music department. Listening stations offer preview on selected CDs. Erin Peters is the music manager.
   The Barnes & Noble Cafe is located left of the entrance and offers gourmet desserts, Starbucks coffee, full-leaf teas and cold drinks. Stackey Kaguras is the cafe manager.
   Lee McDonald is the community relations coordinator.
   Mary Joyce McCallum, the former manager of recently closed Crown Books in Woodinville has also the joined the staff as have several other Crown employees.
   Barnes & Noble operates 500 stores and 509 B. Dalton bookstores.