July 21, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Fort St. John, Shopping
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Fort St. John is a long way from the retro, hippie meccas of southern B.C. but in the heart of this oilfield town an intrepid shopper may stumble upon The Rabbit Hole. I hadn’t even noticed the new retro shop until one blizzardy Monday in May when my friend dragging me (through the snow) to a poetry open mic in The Rabbit Hole. One Monday evening per month, The Rabbit Hole opens its doors to a mixed bag of local writers, giving them a chance to share their work and listen to the labours of others.
The store itself is filled with books (some old enough to classify as genuine antiques), records, bizarre giftware, and posters. From the rafters, the retro posters drip like relics of a past era and the books offer everything from modern fiction to cult classics, to linguistic treatises (at least 80 years old) and an ancient dictionary no less than 6 inches thick! I will admit that every time I wander off 100 Ave and through the doors of The Rabbit Hole I find myself drifting into a sort of book-nerd heaven laced with incense and absurdity.
So if you’re looking for a little bit of wonderland, drop by The Rabbit Hole – you will be enchanted by what you find.
The Spread the Word group is putting together a book of local poetry and short fiction, watch for it in November.