The other day I stopped in at Birchbark Books. If you haven't stopped by recently now would be a good time to go. Besides a wonderful selection of books you'll find native arts and jewelry—all perfect for holiday gifts.
And they also have a shop dog: Dharma. What could be more wonderful?
On my visit Dharma stolled past me and hopped into the window chair to watch street traffic. Then she wandered off again. In a moment she was back to say hello. Since she sensed I wasn't in any hurry, after a few head and back pats she sprawled at my feet ready for the complete body rub. She's very soft so I happily complied. (If you poke around on their website you'll find there are several dogs; I don't know if they all come in from time to time…)
Birchbark Books' website states the store exists "to keep real conversations between book lovers alive." When you browse their shelves you quickly get a sense that the books have been chosen carefully to do just that. Books for many tastes, to create a dialog.
This independent bookstore is owned by writer Lousise Erdrich. There is a great focus in the store on Native literature.
I suggest you take an afternoon and visit the shop to browse, select some books to buy for yourself and friends, and spend sometime with Dharma. It's a much more satisfying experience than clicking on "Amazon Prime."