Effective Thursday, May 1, 2014 (May Day), the Frugal Muse Books, Music & Video in west suburban Darien, Illinois has new store hours. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays, it is closed Mondays, and it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Formerly, Frugal Muse Books was open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, which is what it still listed as the store hours on the Frugal Muse Books Web site.
In an e-mail to customers, Frugal Muse Books states, “These new hours are designed to allow staff to better organize stock, maintain a cleaner environment, conduct more brainstorming meetings, etc. We’ll [sic] be implementing many new changes over the coming weeks and months. We hope these changes create an even more enjoyable shopping environment for our customers.”
Frugal Muse Books, Music & Video, also known as Frugal Muse Books and Frugal Muse Books & Multimedia Superstore, is located at 7511 Lemont Road, Darien, Illinois 60561. The phone number is (630) 427-1140.
Frugal Muse Books opened on October 15, 2000. Located in the Chestnut Court Shopping Center, at the southeast intersection of 75th Street and Lemont Road, it occupies 7,000 square feet of space. Frugal Muse Books is a few doors down from Oakridge Hobbies & Toys, one of the best toyshops in the Chicago region.
They sell new books and “gently used” books, as well as graphic novels, DVDs, CDs, video games, bookmarks, and cards. Highlights include two rooms filled with 10,000 children’s books and related items and the “giant $1.00 bargain wall of overstock gems.” They offer a discount for educators, homeschoolers, and librarians. Radio talk show host and author Thom Hartmann has come to Frugal Muse Books to sign copies of his books in 2008, 2009, and 2013.
The third Wednesday of every month is Open Mic Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, and December 17th. Comedians, singers, and poets need to keep their material family-friendly.
Frugal Muse Books is part of a small, independent chain of three bookstores, the other two being in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 1994, Frugal Muse generally sells new books at 25% off list price.
Frugal Muse West, also known as Frugal Muse Madison West, was the first store in the Frugal Muse chain. Located in the Prairie Town Center, it opened in 1994 and has always been in the western part of town.
Frugal Muse East, also known as Frugal Muse Madison East, is located in North gate Shopping Center. It opened in 1997.