If you want the latest evangelical book--then here is the place to go in town. If you want some tacky (not always, but usually)gift--then here is the place to go, too. But if you want something a bit more in depth and with wider range --- Reformed or Lutheran, say---you could do better. I would go to the online sites of Baker Book House, say , to order them online because you likely won't find them here.
There are many bookstores besides the official Barnes and Noble one on campus of Texas A&M. but if you want to avoid giving money to chain stores (and in part, that's what this site is trying to do, I think)--then consider Texas Aggieland Books. Along with Loupots--its one of the two main alternatives to Barnes and Noble. Nice stores with a similar range of products for those with Aggie fixations --- almost everything you can imagine has something with Texas A&M on it here!
When I was in high schoo, I still read comics. In graduate school, desperate to find something for brain candy, I turned to comics and frequented BSC Comics. It is not nice, it is not extraordinarily cheap--but it does carry comics. I always felt rather out of place going in here--sort of like I was buying contraband or something I shouldn't. Think of the stereotypes of the comic book guy from the Simpsons--you might get the picture.
Loupots may not be the official bookstore of Texas A&M any longer (Barnes and Noble has that distiction and is the one located on campus in the student union)---Loupots has the personality and history to go with Aggieland. Yes, it has all the books you'd want for the various classes---but its a Texas A&M Aggie souvenier store as well---ANYTHING you want with aggie stuff--its here, guaranteed. You could walk around for hours!
While it may not look it on the outside, Kingdom Animal Hospital has about the best vets we've ever had. When we had our dog there--they took tremendous care without ripping us off. Even after we moved north--and a year later had a problem, they solved it for us (while the northern vet charged us 700 dollars trying to figure it out) by pinpointing a southern parasite that was causing the problems. No charge! If you move to the area or live there---you MUST try this vet.
While not as well respected as the College Station public schools (many people wind up moving to College Station--right next door) in order to attend those schools--for Texas public education, Bryan is not bad--especially at some of the elementary schools. I know that their elementary music program is superior to the College Station ones, for example. Like nearly every other Texas high school, Bryan has tremendous athletic facilities--and a HUGE football arena (that we could hear every Friday night when a game was on). Worthwhile.
We rented our townhome through On Line Real Estate for years. For the most part, they will manage other people's property for them and handle the paper work. You had to stay on them, though for anything to get done. They would let almost everything go if not reminded. The people in our complex, though, tended to be families or older people---so the properties were better taken care of. Compared to others that manage properties in a major college town, they were pretty good.
While the water in College Station and Bryan is not the worst (it can do to drink it after being filtered through a Brita type filtration system--but it still has some aftertaste). We were introduced to this alternative. Located just off Texas Ave near Fajita Ritas, you walk into here with several gallon jugs of your own--and there is a long line of faucets that you can get the reversed osmosis water from for about 25 cents a gallon. What a deal! Much cheaper than getting it into your own house. No waiting and great water for coffee AND cooking, not to mention drinking.
A few years ago, my family were members here for several years. Though grad students, we sought a church home and the pastor was great! That said, despite being active, people always kept asking us occasionally if we were new here!
It is a traditional church with traditional old hymns played upon an organ. No contemporary worship--at least as of 6 years ago or so. Big, rather imposing church,---looks like a church is supposed to look.
That said--it was about the best reformed option you could find in town.
Godfrey Book Store is located in a small strip mall near a grocery store and a Subway. The selection isn't that great--but it does have some unique touches---and is more fun to browse through than the B Dalton in the Alton mall down the street. That said, their prices aren't gerat or cheap and it isn't the type of place I'd travel to in order to browse. Its convenient when I'm there to visit my inlaws though!!