The Bookstore On The Corner


Wandering through a bookstore of any size is my idea of a day well spent. But make that store a quaint, independently owned shop, and it’s that much better.  I love the places where the owner sits behind the cash register all day and knows the exact location of every book they sell off the top of their head.

While chain bookstores are great for finding the best sellers on your list, smaller shops are the perfect way to discover the best book you’ve never heard of. Some of my favorite books have come from tiny stores that I’ve stumbled upon. I once found a green leather book lodged in the back of a shelf with no title, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for.

Here at Martha Stewart Living, we appreciate a small American business, so we found five little bookstores around the country that you should check out!

Dolly’s Bookstore has had its home in Park City, UT since 1975. I found this place on a ski trip years ago when I was searching for the fourth Harry Potter book. The stacks are full of books for adults and kids, and there are always a few friendly cats wandering around the shop.

This old gristmill from 1842 was turned into a used book store in Montague, MA. The Montague Book Mill is locally owned and also boasts a cafe, restaurant, record store and artists’ collective.

Faulkner House Books is located in the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. Don’t let the name fool you though. This shop is home to more than just William Faulkner-centric books. It features literature from many genres with special attention to rare editions.

It’s about the reading experience at Book/Shop in Oakland, CA. Whether you are looking for a bookcase, a book bag, a book mark, book-related art or a book, they have it. Book/Shop will help you show the world that you are a book lover!

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers in Brooklyn, NY specializes in contemporary art, architecture and various design books. This Williamsburg shop also hosts literary events and readings from stand-out authors and poets.

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  • The very best places to shop are small family owned shops, they take the time to know their customer and make them feel welcome and appreciated.

  • Great article! And these look like terrific bookstores – I’ve been to Faulkner House and found it charming. Purchased a copy of “Catch 22″ there (not sure why although I already had all of Faulkner’s books from college), & still have the Faulkner House bookmark inside.

  • I was especially interested in the review of the charming independent book stores because they are the perfect places for the book “The Grammie Guide: Activities and Answers for Grandparenting Today”. Written by four experienced grandmothers, also early childhood educators, this book is a treasure trove of
    easy fun (screen free) activities to do with young grandchildren. But more than that it helps a new Grammie with safety guidelines, music, art and stories and ways to involve Grandpa!
    I’m going to contact these book stores, pronto.

  • The Book Mill in Montague, MA is a treasure.

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