Bookstores, in case you haven’t been in one recently, are perfectly lovely
They are hilariously passive-aggressive.
“If you are struggling and have no idea what to buy those loved ones, do like so many other fine and upstanding women by visiting the Franklin & Wolfe Variety Store and engage in a stimulating exchange of knowledge with the throngs of folk looking over our fine store!! Especially examine our fine school supplies, as well as games! Our shelves are also continuously filled with special books and curios which have been stocked for the delight of all your many children!
They are literal-minded.
They have an endearingly idiosyncratic way of classifying things.
They are (sometimes painfully) honest
They are practical.
And an eye for the big picture
Often, they are quietly wonderful