Been a while since you’ve caught up on your calligraphy? Can’t live without the newest palm-reading guide? Lacking that one key piece to your taxidermy collection but don’t know where to find it (or are just too embarrassed to ask)? If any of this sounds familiar, Zandbroz Variety is the place to be.
Located downtown, the zany outside decor of the family-owned variety shop gives first-time visitors a good indication of what lies on the other side of the door. Once inside, that visitor won’t know where to look first.
Zandbroz is, most prominently, a bookstore, stuffed in the center with shelves like an awesome, nerdy Oreo. There, the literary inclined can find anything from traditional novels to graphic novels to zombie apocalypse-themed coffee table books, framed with bookends of every imaginable form.
The cookies in this Oreo, though less literary, are just as awesome as the filling. On the left are seasonal decorations, in addition to Zandbroz t-shirts if you feel like reppin’ your local businesses. A counter filled with fountain pens sits to the right, and behind it are calligraphy manuals and pens.
You won’t want to fall asleep once you’ve begun your new off-the-beaten-path hobbies, so head to the back wall, which is dedicated to a college student’s best friend: coffee. This area of the store smells like heaven and might just make you forget that you’re standing in a puddle of melted South Dakota snow instead of soaking in the South America sun.
And if coffee isn’t your thing, this wall is also stocked with tea for the more sophisticated caffeine-consumers among us. Most of these items are fair trade as well, which makes everything that much better.
Only when you go behind the books and the coffee and the pens, however, will you figure out where “variety” truly comes in. The back room of Zandbroz is home to antique typewriters, gramophones and, of course, a stuffed badger. These items are the priciest, with said creature and its rattlesnake companion costing upward of 200 dollars. For now, they’re just a reminder of what will decorate your super cool yet eco-friendly house in the distant future.
Don’t get discouraged, though. Wade through the higher prices, and you’ll be rewarded with a staircase leading to the bargain loft (aka a college student’s second best friend). Here you’ll find all the things you never wanted but figure out are absolutely necessary to your happiness. These only cost a few bucks, which is perfection.
Perfection is actually a decent summary of a trip to Zandbroz. It’s open seven days a week (9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday) and is conveniently located right across from the downtown Coffea on Phillips Avenue. So grab a cup of coffee and cross the street to the coolest neighborhood bookstore in Sioux Falls. I guarantee you’ll find a new favorite there – book, (literally) stuffed animal or otherwise.