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New Year, New Things: Treat Yourself in 2018!

Posted in In Our Stores on 31 Dec by


Discover all the potential and possibility of 2018 at your local Bookmans! This is the perfect time to set ambitious resolutions, try unfamiliar things and reevaluate lofty goals. But remember to put that special someone first – YOU! We celebrate you all month long at Bookmans with “New Year, New Things,” featuring rejuvenating events and activities that are designed to help you reach your personal goals and explore new hobbies. Each store hosts free and fun ways to put the spark back in your winter. From crafty vision boards to wellness fairs to ultimate prize giveaways, our Event Calendar has something for everyone. In 2018, tend to yourself and watch what blossoms!

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Bookmans Northwest: Best of 2017


Bookmans has always been your store to explore! As you know, we’re not your average bookstore or ordinary video game trade stop. Our orange shelves hold everything from movies to music to electronics to instruments, *BIG BREATH* jewelry, more books, magazines, toys, collectibles, and housewares… basically, we have a bit of just about everything! And just like our merchandise, our staff is as diverse as our store. To help Bookmans NW say goodbye to this year, we asked some of our employees to tell us their favorite books, video games, albums, movies, and instruments that came our way in 2017.

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Lady Gaga: Top 3 Music Videos

Posted in Merchandise, Musical Notes on 26 Dec by


Lady Gaga is one of those artists who always has people talking. She’s shown up in the media for her crazy costumes, insane music videos, and much more. It seems that Mother Monster herself has seemingly been keeping low on the radar. And when I say low, I mean not on the news every 5 minutes for her outrageous stunts but is still so famous that she performed at last year’s Super Bowl.


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Last Minute Gifts For The Last Minute Shopper

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 21 Dec by


It’s two days before the Christmas and unfortunately, you are nowhere near finished shopping for your loved ones. Maybe last minute is where you shine or maybe you have some really difficult folks to shop for. Whatever the reason for your procrastination, Bookmans is here to help you find those last minute gifts! We’ve got everything you need to litter that tree with gifts galore, from hard to find gaming systems to great literary finds for the bibliophile in your life. The following is just a few suggestions for last minute gift giving.

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50 Creative Ways to Be Kind During the Holidays

Posted in Core Values on 19 Dec by


‘Tis the season of giving! The holidays can be a rough time for everyone. With shopping, family gatherings, traveling, and the festivities, things can get a little crazy out there. So let’s stop for a second and think about what we can do to give back. With the right amount of care and kindness, it is so easy to turn a stranger’s day around.

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Freebie Friday: Win Movie Passes to Downsizing

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 15 Dec by


***CONTEST CLOSED***

December is the Month of Merriment at Bookmans and what better way to celebrate than with some good satirical comedy?  That’s right, we are giving away passes to the screening of Downsizing Tuesday, December 19 at 7 PM at Harkins Scottsdale 101. (You MUST arrive by 6:20 PM). The winner could be YOU!.

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Top Five Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted in In Our Stores on 14 Dec by


Amidst the December holiday whirlwind, finding a thoughtful and affordable gift presents a challenge. You are up for it, however, because your neighborhood Bookmans has something for everyone. We count down our Top Five Holiday Gift Ideas, sure to impress even the most discerning of recipients. Take a look at these selections and then make a beeline for the Bookmans location near you!


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Disney Movies to Watch During the Holidays

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 11 Dec by


Disney movies are something everyone can enjoy whether they’re 5 years old or 105 years old. Each movie pulls at your heartstrings and draws you into a world of magic and fantasy – the perfect way to spend the holidays (and not get bogged down in mushy holiday-themed movies)! Whether you are thrown into a story about Dias de los Muertos, San Fransokyo, the Pride Lands, or Sugar Rush, you’re likely to shed a tear at one point and reflect on those closest to you. Disney films are relatable and touch on subjects that you once experienced or felt, giving them a special place in our hearts. Here’s a list of some of the best Disney films that are emotional, uplifting, magical, and perfect feeling all the joy of the holiday season.

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Bookmans Recommends: Nintendo Classics


Bookmans is obsessed with all things Nintendo. Classic games like Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and the ever loved Pokemon franchise… we could talk about those for hours! Since the release of the Nintendo Switch, we are all buzzing with excitement – and a bit of nostalgia too. Every time a new console is released, our minds go straight to the memories we made playing the Nintendo games that were such a big part of our childhoods. For most of us, Nintendo games were a comfort and a friend; an escape from the long days at school or how we made and grew friendships. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to geek out and reminisce about the best of Nintendo franchises.

Nintendo Switch console with Pokemon, Yoshi, and Mario Amiibo figures. A Zelda game is shown on the Switch screen.

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Hilarious Holiday Movies


‘Tis the season is already here! Holidays should be a time of family, friends, parties, presents, and eggnog. Of course, holiday movies belong on that must-have-to-truly-feel-like-the-holidays list. If your holiday spirit is waning and you can use severe amounts laughter, trust this little list of our favorite funny holiday movies to put you in the holiday spirit! Grab the cookies and the eggnog and get ready for this hilarious holiday movie kick-off. 

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The Star Wars Holiday Special

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 04 Dec by


A long time ago in a holiday galaxy far, far, away…

A day that has been long remembered, the premiere of the Star Wars: The Holiday Special will continue to live on in hilarious infamy. Why? Because it has never been rebroadcast or officially released on home video. It has become something of a cultural legend due to the underground nature of its existence. Of course, this status has made it all the more intriguing.

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Month Of Merriment At Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores, News, Uncategorized on 01 Dec by


December is finally here and with it, Bookmans’ Month of Merriment begins! Not only are we the one stop shop for everyone on your holiday list but we also have a calendar full of awesome events taking place in our stores. From visits with St. Nick to holiday puppet shows and musical performances, ’tis the season for awesome events at Bookmans stores.

Bookmans Month of Merriment holiday image featuring ornaments, pinecones, snowflakes, stars, and holiday leaves and berries

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4 Very Good Reasons to Trade at Bookmans


It is not uncommon for people new to Bookmans to have a “wow” experience when they come through the door. Who wouldn’t with all the incredible items the local community stocks our stores with? Way more than shelves jam-packed with books of all kinds, Bookmans trade includes vinyl records, musical instruments, movies, video games, home goods, collectibles, and gift items. Since you never know what you’re going to find, every visit is like a treasure hunt.

The only thing that makes scouring shelf after orange shelf all the more enjoyable is having a Bookmans trade slip in your pocket. What is it about that little yellow trade slip that makes shopping so much more exciting?  

books, Batman comic book, and Bookmans trade slip on wooden desktop

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How to Make Your Holiday Shopping More Meaningful

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 27 Nov by


Everyone wants to make their holiday shopping more exciting for both themselves and their recipients. But how, you ask? There are some gifts you’re dying to get your loved ones, but sometimes it’s not in your budget. Studies have shown that the best gifts are really the ones that come from the heart. It’s not about buying someone the most expensive gift, but showing that you care. Each of the ideas below will make gift giving more meaningful and budget-friendly this holiday season!

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Bookmans Recommends Holiday Cookbooks for Vegans!


‘Tis the season to eat literally all the food. And, you know, spending time with family… but also FOOD! Here at Bookmans we love books, so much so that the word book is right there in the name. But we also love cooking, and what better way to stretch our culinary muscles than by opting for a vegan recipe or two? For some, a vegan diet is a necessity. For others, it’s a way to stay healthy. No matter how or why you go vegan, throwing in a few vegan dishes throughout the week provides adds diversity to everyday cooking. Whatever the reason you are eating vegan, Bookmans has a plethora of colorful vegan cookbooks and culinary how to’s sure to impress this holiday season.

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Freebie Fridays: Win a Gift Card to “Mango’s Mexican Cafe” In Mesa

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Uncategorized on 24 Nov by


***CONTEST CLOSED***
As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts our annual Freebie Fridays. This series showcases different local businesses every week. It’s also your chance to experience parts of the East Valley that deserve a broader audience and show some #LocalLove. As a community, we find not only is it about local business, but it’s about you too! Our last week we travel to Old Town Mesa to Mango’s Mexican Cafe.

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Twitter Treasure Hunt Commandeers Phoenix!


Just in time for the week of Blackbeard Friday and Small Business Saturday, Bookmans collaborates with Local First AZ (LFA) to bring you an action-packed Twitter Treasure Hunt! We have hidden seven spectacular prize packs at seven LFA businesses in the Phoenix Metro area and it’s up to you to make the discoveries. Tracking down local loot is easy.

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Cook Your Way Through the Holidays


The holidays are just around the bend, and you can see signs of it everywhere. As one of the most heartfelt times of the year, it is important to have a battalion of great cooking and baking ideas ready for those last-minute party invitations. Luckily, Bookmans is here to save the day with our gigantic array of cookbooks! Here are five cookbooks to cook your way through this holiday season.

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The Ins and Outs of Monopoly

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 20 Nov by


Monopoly is a classic board game that has been a crowd favorite ever since 1935 when it first hit the home gaming scene. The Parker Brothers game has become so popular over the past almost century that there’s practically a version for everyone’s interests. Still very much in style, millions of people spend hours playing this game today. And when I say hours, I mean literally HOURS. No one wants to go down without a fight!

classic monopoly game board
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