Years ago, there was a scare when the former owner advertised that he was selling the business because he couldn't compete with mega-giant-big-box booksellers such as the Media Play retailer that lurked around the corner. Oh, the irony — and the beauty — that, as of a few months ago, Media Play is no longer in business. And Park Road Books continues to thrive. We think it’s because of the super-helpful service, commitment to customer relationships old and new, and an excellent (but not overwhelming) selection. Other plusses: a cheery children’s section, cozy reading area and greeting cards to accompany books you choose as gifts. For all these reasons, PRB gets our annual vote. Again.