Flintrigde Bookstore & Coffee

★★★★☆
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818-790-2701

964 Foothill Blvd

La Canada Flintridge, CA

91011

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Up until my most recent experience at Flintridge Bookstore I had nothing but positive feedback for the business. The charming bookstore and coffeehouse represented the clean and high-quality service that I expect to see in my hometown. My fianc and I would visit the bookstore to spend some quality time together relaxing with a delicious cup of tea. I always felt welcome there by the friendly staff. Our last visit was just another among many visits to what my fianc and I had begun to call ??our place?. We had tried to do our part to keep their business alive by buying our books there instead of on amazon.com, as well as buying beverages upon every visit. We have spent over 100 dollars there without hesitation over the last month alone and planned to spend more.
However, upon our last visit we settled down at a table and started studying and reading. Within 15 minutes we were approached by one of the employees whom said: ??We noticed that you have been sitting here for a while and these tables are reserved for customers only.?She was polite and I do not blame her for doing her job, however, I do blame management for implementing an imprudent policy.
This policy of, we??ll say the ??quick buck?, has the advantage of gaining four dollars immediately, but the disadvantage of losing customer loyalty, hence future dollars. That policy made us feel uncomfortable, embarrassed and nervous about ever returning to that particular bookstore. We have done our best to be very loyal customers and had cared about the well-being of ??our place?, but in the eyes of management we were nothing but loiterers.

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★★☆☆☆

Up until my most recent experience at Flintridge Bookstore I had nothing but positive feedback for the business. The charming bookstore and coffeehouse represented the clean and high-quality service that I expect to see in my hometown. My fianc and I would visit the bookstore to spend some quality time together relaxing with a delicious cup of tea. I always felt welcome there by the friendly staff. Our last visit was just another among many visits to what my fianc and I had begun to call ??our place?. We had tried to do our part to keep their business alive by buying our books there instead of on amazon.com, as well as buying beverages upon every visit. We have spent over 100 dollars there without hesitation over the last month alone and planned to spend more.
However, upon our last visit we settled down at a table and started studying and reading. Within 15 minutes we were approached by one of the employees whom said: ??We noticed that you have been sitting here for a while and these tables are reserved for customers only.?She was polite and I do not blame her for doing her job, however, I do blame management for implementing an imprudent policy.
This policy of, we??ll say the ??quick buck?, has the advantage of gaining four dollars immediately, but the disadvantage of losing customer loyalty, hence future dollars. That policy made us feel uncomfortable, embarrassed and nervous about ever returning to that particular bookstore. We have done our best to be very loyal customers and had cared about the well-being of ??our place?, but in the eyes of management we were nothing but loiterers.

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I can't really say that I would call the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse much of a coffeehouse at all, considering that 85% of it consists of a very large collection of books. However, if I were in the mood for a good book and a cup of joe, I'd prefer to come here than one of the bigger bookstore chains that have a Starbucks or Coffeebean in them. It might be the artist, indie-person in me that just prefers to go to the more local shops...but it isn't just that in this case. I can definitely say that this place has a very comfortable, calm feel to it... and if you are a student.. or a writer.. or you just want a quiet place to sit and surf the web, this is the place to go. Even more, if you like books and coffee, the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse will satisfy your needs.

I found the staff here friendly and helpful. Albeit, I had to go find someone to make my cappuccino (they were at another register ringing up someone who wanted to purchase a book), they immediately came to my assistance. And while ringing up my coffee, I actually learned something about Visa regulations - apparently on page 9 of the "Visa Rules" manual that is given to merchants once they agree to start accepting any card with the Visa logo on it, no merchant can ask for any sort of minimum if the card has a Visa logo on it. Who knew!

Anyways, the "coffeehouse" portion of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is on the smaller side with only five, 4-seater tables available. There is a patio with a bit more seating and a place to smoke, if you so desire.

Now one of the first things I look for in a coffee shop is free wi-fi. I feel that if I am buying something that I should be entitled to at least a couple hours of free wireless internet. Luckily, I can proudly say that the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse has free Wi-Fi. Such a wonderful thing, I tell you...

Anyways... I probably would have given a higher rating if I were more of a reader myself.. but I'm not. Plus, one of my favorite things about a cafe is that it is comfortable. I like the big squishy chairs and couches. This one, unfortunately does not have any of that. Not that the chairs are uncomfortable... I just can't comfortably cross my legs in these chairs. Not a biggy, but it's important to me as a frequent coffee-shop goer.

Overall, if you are a student, writer, or whatever... just looking to sit in some quiet place with a good cup of coffee and a book... or free Wi-Fi, I can say that I would recommend the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

4
★★★★☆

I can't really say that I would call the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse much of a coffeehouse at all, considering that 85% of it consists of a very large collection of books. However, if I were in the mood for a good book and a cup of joe, I'd prefer to come here than one of the bigger bookstore chains that have a Starbucks or Coffeebean in them. It might be the artist, indie-person in me that just prefers to go to the more local shops...but it isn't just that in this case. I can definitely say that this place has a very comfortable, calm feel to it... and if you are a student.. or a writer.. or you just want a quiet place to sit and surf the web, this is the place to go. Even more, if you like books and coffee, the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse will satisfy your needs.

I found the staff here friendly and helpful. Albeit, I had to go find someone to make my cappuccino (they were at another register ringing up someone who wanted to purchase a book), they immediately came to my assistance. And while ringing up my coffee, I actually learned something about Visa regulations - apparently on page 9 of the "Visa Rules" manual that is given to merchants once they agree to start accepting any card with the Visa logo on it, no merchant can ask for any sort of minimum if the card has a Visa logo on it. Who knew!

Anyways, the "coffeehouse" portion of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is on the smaller side with only five, 4-seater tables available. There is a patio with a bit more seating and a place to smoke, if you so desire.

Now one of the first things I look for in a coffee shop is free wi-fi. I feel that if I am buying something that I should be entitled to at least a couple hours of free wireless internet. Luckily, I can proudly say that the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse has free Wi-Fi. Such a wonderful thing, I tell you...

Anyways... I probably would have given a higher rating if I were more of a reader myself.. but I'm not. Plus, one of my favorite things about a cafe is that it is comfortable. I like the big squishy chairs and couches. This one, unfortunately does not have any of that. Not that the chairs are uncomfortable... I just can't comfortably cross my legs in these chairs. Not a biggy, but it's important to me as a frequent coffee-shop goer.

Overall, if you are a student, writer, or whatever... just looking to sit in some quiet place with a good cup of coffee and a book... or free Wi-Fi, I can say that I would recommend the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

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Whoever chose the books for this medium-sized bookstore did a GREAT job! There's a broad selection of very high quality books, and they're categorized and displayed in a way that makes them easy to find and discover. The staff is quite helpful, and the atmosphere is very warm. I can't wait to see some of the authors and musicians they plan on showcasing!

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★★★★★

Whoever chose the books for this medium-sized bookstore did a GREAT job! There's a broad selection of very high quality books, and they're categorized and displayed in a way that makes them easy to find and discover. The staff is quite helpful, and the atmosphere is very warm. I can't wait to see some of the authors and musicians they plan on showcasing!

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This new store provides great customer service with an aim to please. Their staff is well-trained, and the coffee service is exceptional. While not the size of a big-box store, they still provide a great selection of books to choose from as well as many book-related and gift items. I hope to see good things from this store in the future. It seems their goal is excellence, and they are making a great start in that direction.

5
★★★★★

This new store provides great customer service with an aim to please. Their staff is well-trained, and the coffee service is exceptional. While not the size of a big-box store, they still provide a great selection of books to choose from as well as many book-related and gift items. I hope to see good things from this store in the future. It seems their goal is excellence, and they are making a great start in that direction.

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