Friday, July 22, 2011

Columbia Borders Twilight

I must have been in that store almost weekly, sometimes more than that, while it was here. My visit to the Columbia Borders last night might be my last one. The cafe and the restrooms are closed, both blocked off from access. It was so weird browsing the magazines and not having the usual crowd and activity of the cafe next to that section. The sign outside the restrooms that prohibits taking merchandise into them had been modified to read, "People may not be taken into the restrooms," so some humor seems to prevail among the employees. They seemed to be generally in good spirits yesterday, and we hope for the best for them.

Borders Express was still operating in the Columbia Mall a couple of days ago when I was there.

It's a vicious circle: The Towson Borders forced the wonderful independent An die Musik to close up shop there, but luckily for the arts scene in Baltimore, An die Musik found a niche as a CD store and performance space in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. Later, Borders left Towson after Barnes and Noble moved in nearby.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A favorite Columbia haunt going away?

I heard rumor today, and Howard County blogger Frank Hecker has the story about Borders and the Columbia branch.

I've known the Columbia Borders since it was in its old location at Snowden Square. (It has been at Columbia Crossing for a few years now. Daedalus Books Outlet in Columbia has the old CD bins from Borders' former Snowden location.) Many of the CDs, books and DVDs in my library were purchased at the Columbia Borders. I was there last week, and it still looked like business as usual. Honest, I would have checked there first for the opera album featured in my last post before going to Amazon. I'm still very much a hands-on shopper, but I could see a certain trend at Borders. A sign of the times: When I went looking for "Mamontov's Private Opera", recently quoted here, Borders only offered it as a download for an e-reader device. To get the hardcopy book, I had to order it online from Amazon!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bumble Bees in Their Hydrangea Arbor

Bumble bee passion. They were giving a new twist to the phrase, "mate for life", on an oak leaf hydrangea. (Brookside Gardens, Montgomery County, Maryland, last month.)

Monday, July 4, 2011

blanketworks (and take care with pets during the fireworks)

I snapped these photos of Columbia's Lakefront on July 4th a couple of years ago. The scene will be repeated today as people stake out prime viewing spots for this evening's fireworks.

Reconsider taking pets to the fireworks! Some dogs get severely stressed by the noise, and I know of two cases in my neighborhood last year. My house is close to the Lakefront, and my own cat will hide under the bed during the display. I prefer to stay around the house and reassure him until it's over, but I can watch a good part of it from here.