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Best Bookstores In Barrhaven

Purchasing a book for a specific genre and even a specific subject that you like can be tough. That is why today I will be helping you to find the right place for your purchase in Barrhaven, Ontario.  

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E-books versus books in a store.

There are advantages and disadvantages in the topic of e-books versus physical ones. For physical ones, they can be heavy and dusty. On the other hand, people need to be very tech-savvy to know how to use an e-book. So which is better? I personally like e-books as they save paper as well. It saves trees and is environmentally friendly. I am tech savvy, but I know people like a few seniors have never even touched a computer before. So, let us help the seniors find a good store for them to buy books in Barrhaven Ontario. Below are 5 stores. 

1 Amazing Used Books

2 The Comic Book Shoppe

3 Indigo Barrhaven – Chapters

4 Master Mind Toys – Books and Toys

5 Book Onle Sale

The table above illustrates the top bookstores in the Barrhaven region. Below will be a fair evaluation for the companies listed. 

The Top 5 Bookstores In Barrhaven

Bookstores are getting harder to find because many people are going toward the E-books and their local libraries. Below, I found 5 bookstores that still exist in Barrhaven today! Of course, some are better than others. I will now provide an analysis for the top 5. 

1. Amazing Used Books

SERVICES

Used books

ADDRESS

211 Dutchmans Way Ottawa, ON, Canada K2J 5W5

CONTACT NUMBER

(613) 818-4419

WEBSITE

http://www.amazingusedbooks.com/

OPERATING HOURS

Hours of Operation

Always open

When you search up Barrhaven books on the directory, this company is the first to show up. That’s great news for their SEO purposes. Even though it carries used books, they are always in good condition and the collection is of variety. 

Pros

  • Used books only
  • Always open

Cons

  • Two businesses at the same address
  • Confusing Rent A Home company name
  • Website not working, so unknown email address
  • Used books = some maybe dirty and dusty

Customer Reviews

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2. The Comic Book Shoppe

SERVICES

Comic books

ADDRESS

1400 Clyde Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 3J2

CONTACT NUMBER

Phone: (613) 228-8386

Email: shoppe1@thecomicbookshoppe.com

WEBSITE

https://thecomicbookshoppe.com/

OPERATING HOURS

Hours of Operation:

Monday 9:30am – 6:00pm

Tuesday 9:30am – 6:00pm

Wednesday 9:30am – 9:00pm

Thursday 9:30am – 9:00pm

Friday             9:30am – 9:00pm

Saturday 9:30am – 6:00pm

Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm

If you like comic books, visit this place. The hours of operation and two convenient locations are there to serve customers better. Its round the clock hours and days make this place worth the visit.  

Pros

  • Open everyday
  • Two convenient locations to serve you better 
  • Professional website 

Cons

  • Shoppe word may downgrade the professionalism. Why not just Shop? 
  • Weird email address
  • Maybe closing down soon?

Customer Reviews

Learn what past customers have to say about this company.

Dana G.

Cumberland, Ottawa, ON

034

9/3/2019

A delightful selection of comics. It is tight in the store, but you get used to it. Friendly, helpful staff and comics for a decent price.

Nowhere near as huge as the comic bookstores in Toronto when I visited, but it is Ottawa after all.

Matthew R.

Nepean, Ottawa, ON

1611226

3/16/2019

Checked this place out again after hearing the news they may be shutting down. I used to come here at least once a week but had to stop when situations changed and I couldn’t really justify what had become a 100-300 dollar investment each month. I was pleased to find the atmosphere is still as welcoming and nurturing as it was before. Staff are helpful and equally willing to help with some recommendations as they are to not judge you for your guilty pleasures (so sue me I still read Archie as a adult man in his thirties). They have an awesome collection of collectables as well, covering comics, film, tv, Disney and more. I definitely got good reminders of why I had to quit cold turkey years before but now that I can again justify a regular selfish monthly expense I just hope they end up being able to keep their doors open for years to come.

Raymond C.

Toronto, ON

164191

4/2/2015

I’m a resident of Toronto and thought I’d check out this comic store mostly because of the positive reviews. They have a good selection of statues (which I went there primarily for). Picked up a Bowen Designs statue because the price was really good.

When I returned home to display the statue, I noticed that part of the statue was repaired, meaning it was previously damaged and they tried fixing it (a representative of the store admitted to me that they have a person that repairs statues).

I returned on my next visit to Ottawa and spoke to Ken, their manager. He would not take ownership of the matter saying that if it was previously broken, the statue would have been displayed in an alternate display case and not in the display case I got the statue from. He offered me 10% off a future purchase.

Caution to everyone that this store sells damaged merchandise. They may not disclose it to the buyer and instead give YOU a hard time if you want a refund or exchange. If you give them your business, inspect everything carefully. You’ve been warned.

Zoe S.

Ottawa, ON

11752

1/19/2016

I’ll preface by saying that I am not a connoisseur of all things geek and nerd, but I’ve popped in here a few times for gifts of my boyfriend and to check out what they have that I might be into. I don’t know how other stores and locations compare, but the Bank Street location is always a let down.

It doesn’t look clean or well organized for starters. Displays are haphazard, items are hard to see, there are vast empty shelves in some areas while others seem crammed full of stuff.

I also have a tough time finding anything of interest. There’s lots of stuff, but there’s not much that’s of “general interest” to someone like me.  I want cute plushes and puzzles and patches and curios and accessories, and I DON’T want to pay an arm and a leg for them. Aside from some $20 drinking glasses and $30 mugs and some novelty toilet paper, there’s not a whole lot (their wallet section is quite hefty, though). Their clothes and accessories selection is minimal and I couldn’t find any posters or much in the way of wall art. You know what – this store looks like the back room of a store that was stocked with the leftover, unsold merchandise of several other stores that shut down.

The worst part for me, though, is the crappy service.  Despite the counter being directly in front of the door, no one has ever greeted me. No one has ever asked me if I need a hand or if I’m looking for something, even though I’ve wandered through that store several times, searching in vain for some hidden treasure that I never manage to find. In fact, I’m fairly confident that they try to avoid making eye contact.

Heather M.

Ottawa, ON

54528

4/8/2014

First I have to say I am not a comic book fan. I have never been able to get into them. However, I am obsessed with horror movies, some sci-fi movie series and a few sci-fi/fantasy Tv series. So I can appreciate a store dedicated to other fandoms and alternate forms of media.

My friend is an avid comic book reader and asked me to visit the store with her. I am glad I did, the employees were incredibly helpful and made excellent recommendations. They seemed genuinely friendly and wanted to help my friend find what she was looking for. Despite going through some reorganization within their store. Eventually she did locate the issue she was after.

The store had some interesting memorabilia and such from movies and series I enjoy as well. If I ever need something from a comic book store I will definitely visit this one again!

Jason D.

Ottawa, ON

0333304

11/19/2008

Wow, the Comic Book Shoppe (despite the fact that it spells shop with two p’s and an e) is an AWESOME store. I am in the market for some sports memorabilia for my son’s birthday and I decided to check this place out. Wow, was I blown away by the selection. They are jammed packed with all kinds of neat things – posters, comics (new and collector), t-shirts, sports cards (mostly new), and action figures. Their action figure collection is truly impressive – they had sports figures (regular players and icons), and all your sci-fi movie and TV characters. They even had a display case with larger figures that should be classified more as statuettes. I was looking for baseball items in particular, and sadly, this shop(pe) seems to focus mostly on hockey – as I imagine most stores do in Canada! Otherwise, a great place to shop or even just to browse.

Sean H.

Ottawa, ON

0103

6/21/2011

This place probably has the best selection of comic books and related items in Ottawa but their pricing leaves a lot to be desired. I bought a new release DVD  from them a few years ago and found the same DVD ten minutes later at Future shop for less than half of what they charged me, I went back to return it and one of the owners gave me a real hard time, I was a long time regular at the time, never been back.

Gordon L.

Ottawa, ON

12752

4/14/2013

My kids favorite comic/card store in Ottawa. Plenty of figurines, cards, games and stock to keep everyone interested.

Curt V.

Ottawa, ON

02

9/16/2012

Simply the best comic book store in the city. If you have the means of transportation or live in Marivale forget the downtown comic book stores this one is fantastic. It is well organized, fantastic selection with a  friendly and professional staff to help you out. I am much closer to the downtown location but I will always go to this one instead mainly because of the staff. I find the staff at their downtown location to be the stereotypically  condescending nerds. If you are downtown you’re better off going to the Silver Snail where the majority of the staff is helpful and have probably the best deals on comics in town. 

3. Indigo Barrhaven

Services

All Types of Books

ADDRESS

RioCan Marketplace, 125 RioCan Avenue, Unit #N1

Nepean, Ontario

K2J 5G4

Canada

CONTACT NUMBER

(613) 843-0045

WEBSITE

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home/storelocator/storeDetails/702/

OPERATING HOURS

Hours of Operation

Fri Aug 5 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sat Aug 6 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sun Aug 7 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Mon Aug 8 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Tues Aug 9 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Wed Aug 10 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thurs Aug 11 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Indigo Chapters is probably so famous in Canada, that without a doubt, it is the best to place to shop for books. Open everyday to serve customers betters, it offers all types of books for its customers. 

Pros

  • Wide operating hours and days
  • Good experience for customers
  • Clean and organized store
  • Lots of books in stock

Cons

  • Specified opening days? Like Aug 10; 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. So it is a short-term business? Removing Aug is better to show that they are not closing down soon. 

Customer Reviews

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Bev McLean  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

February 16, 2019  

I’ve always had a great experience at this location but today was the best! I couldn’t find a book that I knew was there (6 copies according to my in-store computer search). Two salespeople helped me locate it even though it took us a while. Unfortunately didn’t get their names but they were great!

Sue Haskell Matthews  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

December 22, 2018  

I was in the store this afternoon, December 22nd. The line up reached from the cash registers to the kid’s section. I waited in that line less than 10 minutes and was served by delightful, friendly staff. They worked efficiently to keep the line moving quickly. It was a fantastic shopping experience.

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Christa Sigalas  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

February 3, 2018  

Love going there. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Books are recommended and I have yet to be disappointed with their suggestions.

Adelina Gignac  doesn’t recommend Indigo Barrhaven.

September 5, 2017 

Would love to see the train table come back. My family would love to come for an outing. One of us would watch the kids play with the train while the other browsed and made our purchases. It was such a nice family friendly space, now we avoid and make our purchases elsewhere.

Angela Warren-Maahs  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

June 28, 2017  · 

Very friendly staff, clean and organized store!

Anthony Pearson  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

July 28, 2017  · 

I’ve always found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable, whether I’m looking for bloodthirsty crime novels, city walking tours or gift ideas.  I particularly liked the recommendation to check out the Department Q novels by the Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen. Keep up the good work!

5 stars

Eric J Poirier  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

March 30, 2017  

Great store very clean. Everyone was very polite. 😁

Petya Slavcheva recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

January 18, 2017   

I went to the store today with my daycare kids. The girl who read the story to us was sweet and kind. She also helped us picking some books and craft materials. We had a wonderful time 🙂

Lori Ridgeway recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

September 8, 2016  

It’s a great store. Great staff. Very helpful. Looking for latest Arabella for me

Lynn Haslam  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

July 31, 2016   

Last night was amazing ! Thanks for all the magic. Kids were happy.

Dee Booth-Karolewski  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

March 18, 2017  

Love the selection of books.my 17-year-old son also loved the visit

Mohammed Javed  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

January 15, 2020 

I like indigo’s slogan ‘”Enrich your Life” – yes, books enrich lives!

Mohammed Javed

Good that Indigo Barrhaven encourages authors by conducting events of their book signing so that they share their valued experiences with the community – I am sure, it develops a community spirit! I am looking forward to see a flood of Barrhavenites 

Bonnie Lucas  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

January 13, 2016  · 

Always excellent service for finding requests and great recommendations for gifts!

Rideau R recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

June 21, 2017  

Always my oasis especially during summer. You may also like their merchandises for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

5 stars

Hui Chen  recommends Indigo Barrhaven.

November 1, 2014  

4. Mastermind Toys

SERVICES

Toys and Books

ADDRESS

71 Marketplace Avenue Chapman Mills Marketplace

Nepean, ON, Canada K2J 5G3

CONTACT NUMBER

613-825-7997

WEBSITE

https://www.mastermindtoys.com/apps/store/barrhaven

customerservice@mastermindtoys.com

OPERATING HOURS

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mastermind toys is a fun store to be in. So why not go there now? Bring your kids for an enjoyable and fun experience.  

Pros

  • Carries a variety of toys and books
  • Fun place to shop, especially for kids
  • Great pricing and high-quality items
  • Open everyday

Cons

  • Staff may give customers a funny but good impression on customers at times. 

Customer Reviews

Learn what past customers have to say about this company. 

Mat Explores on Google

(February 18, 2019, 3:48 pm)

Fun to walk around!

Justin Chartier on Google

(December 7, 2018, 1:08 pm)

Favourite gift shopping gem for the kiddos. Love bringing my son in to just run around and marvel at the huge selection of toys. Very friendly and helpful staff.

R L on Google

(November 27, 2018, 12:21 am)

I went in discouraged and defeated because I needed to buy new gifts to replace the ones delayed due to the postal strike. Lovely people took care of me. They informed me of the ridiculous trends of children’s toys, gave me a rundown on what to expect from each toy, really helped me shop with my specific needs in mind and did it with humour and knowledge. I don’t think I have ever had such a fun shopping experience. Everyone was either helpful, validating (that children’s toys is a nebulous world) or just plane funny. I left with perfect purchases, and they made my day. Such a funny gang over there. Thanks for taking care of me and my daughter’s present needs.

scaldareri on Google

(August 28, 2018, 11:17 pm)

My favourite toy store. Staff are very helpful. I’ve only had one bad encounter, but I must admit, my kid wasn’t behaving very well.

Robinson Green on Google

(May 1, 2018, 1:41 am)

We love this store. A great and helpful staff that really do know their stuff. Great pricing with high quality toys and an excellent selection of STEM.

5. Book Onle Sale

SERVICES

All types of books

ADDRESS

26 Palmadeo Dr, Nepean, ON K2J 5A2 

CONTACT NUMBER

888-452-1505

Unknown email address

WEBSITE

https://www.facebook.com/Book-onle-sale-1705907129679175/reviews/

OPERATING HOURS

Hours of Operation

Unknown

The Book Onle Sale bookstore is certainly one of a kind. It wants to be professional, so maybe it is a new Startup company? I am assuming this because the hours and website are nonexistent. It only has a Facebook page with no reviews too. 

Pros

  • Telephone 888 # looks more professional

Cons

  • Home business – I googled it
  • Unknown operating hours
  • Facebook page only, so no website? 
  • Weird company name Onle?

Customer Reviews

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