BLACK FOREST TOYS AND BOOKS
115 Cherokee Rd. 704/332-4838,
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 A.M.-6 P.M. Sat. 10 A.M.-5 P.M.
A former librarian who had a knack for picking books that kids love to read started a paradise for pint-sized readers. The family-owned bookstore has been in business since 1978 and expanded its offerings to include educational toys and games. With a staff that includes former teachers, librarians, and educational consultants, there is no shortage of suggestions for encouraging reading and choosing books that will engage children from toddlers to teenagers.
1308 The Plaza, 704/344-8611
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 A.M.-8 P.M. Sun. noon-6 P.M.
When it comes to used books, Book Buyers is in a league of its own. As the only dedicated used bookstore in the city, it has a reputation for stocking everything from trashy romance novels to thin volumes of poetry at bargain prices. Though there is a huge selection of bookspaperbacks and hard covers are stocked miles highthe store isn’t well organized, which can make it hard to find a specific title. While you sift through the stacks you just might come across the resident cat or the friendly rabbit that acts as the store’s mascot.
West began painting for King George III in 1768, a patron he had for more than thirty years. Fremont Subway Map Between 1768 and 1801, he completed approximately sixty paintings for the king. In 1772, George III appointed West historical painter to the king, a position that came with an annual stipend of 1,000 pounds. West succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as president of the prestigious Royal Academy in 1792, a post he held except for a single year (1803) until his death. West’s most renowned paintings, all completed during his time in London, are Agrippina Landing at Brundisium with the Ashes of Germanicus (1768), The Departure of Regulus from Rome (1769), The Death of General Wolfe (1771), and William Penn’s Treaty with the Indians (1772). The Death of General Wolfe was a controversial painting at the time, because West clothed his figures in contemporary rather than classical dress. West died in 1820 at the age of 81. In terms of lasting legacy, West became best known as the Country who painted The Death of General Wolfe and as a neoclassical artist who influenced many generations of Country artists.