Monday, January 14, 2008

Destination Bookstores

I came across a great article in the Fayetteville Observer on bookstores across the nation that are worth the trip - actual 'destinations'.

The article lists nine bookstores, places like Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle, Washington, Politics and Prose in Washington DC and Powell's in Portland, Oregon. I've actually visited about half of them, a few more only virtually.

Two of my local favorites are Whistlestop Bookshop in Carlisle, PA (an independent bookseller) and Hearts & Minds in Dallastown (an independent, eclectic Christian bookstore).

What makes both of these special are the proprietors, who are knowledgeable about books and can make wonderful recommendations.

What are some of your favorite nearby bookstores?


Carolyn Blatchley, MLIS said...

Otto's Bookstore is my personal favorite. In business since 1841 (making it possibly one of the five oldest bookstores in America - they are working on verification) this bookstore has been family owned and operated for generations. Their motto is "a booklover's paradise," and it is a destination for me!

Anonymous said...

I love to visit The Corner Store, a Christian Bookstore in Mifflin Township just north of Newville at the foot of Doublin' Gap. The building was a general store and the home of the "Hen" Barrick family many years ago and still has the same fixtures and old-timey feel. Owner, Neva Barrick, knows her merchandise and is so easy to work with for special orders.