Patricia Sullivan at Washington Post writes
This is Alexandria, Virginia.
The Book Bank is singled out as one of the few surviving book stores. I have bought books there.
We had an Olsson’s Books and Records on Union Street, but Olsson’s closed in 2008. John Olsson died in 2010. You could buy recent books with autographs from the authors at this store. They also had used books.
We had a Books a Million at 501 King and that closed.
In the 1990s we had Ptak’s Science Book Store on North Fairfax Street. That was a math and science warehouse of used books. I ended up with some of Fritz John’s books through Ptak, but that was later through his Georgetown store. Ptak was bought out from Georgetown, his entire inventory. But his store continues on line.
I bought “Introduction to Metamathematics” by Stephen Cole Kleene for 75 dollars at the Old Town store. Also G. L. Isaacs, Real Numbers for 16 dollars. Edmund Landau “Foundations of Analysis” I bought used for 3 dollars, but I am not sure if I got it from Ptak or not.