Many may be calling bookstores a thing of the past, but the popularity of independent, family-owned book shops says otherwise. Bookstores are a way to be secluded from the world for a little while and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Nothing beats a lazy Sunday perusing aisles of old books; making sure to take a moment to appreciate pages both old and new.
In a city like Boston, smaller book shops are famous for their old-fashioned atmosphere and friendly neighborhood faces. If you plan on visiting this northeast city in the future, check out these independent stores that are keeping the love of books alive and thriving.
Located in Brookline, Massachusetts, this independent shop is known for their large selection of both new and used books. Whether you want a book right off the press or an older, worn version of your favorite classic, Brookline has you covered. Don’t expect to leave empty handed either, this is a place where you’ll undoubtedly do some damage to your wallet. They also host a wide variety of events—from author signings to readings and more.
On Spring Lane is where you’ll find Commonwealth Books—a shop that’s known for the welcoming staff and those first edition, rare books you can’t find anywhere else. The quirkiness and mystery you feel as you walk through the door doesn’t mean it’s unorganized or cramped. The books are marked accordingly, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for—or better yet, need some guidance on what to buy, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly face behind the counter.
If you’re in the mood for coffee, hot chocolate, or even a full Belgian waffle breakfast while indulging in the latest page-turner, Trident is the place for you. Known for their books and their food, this is a mash-up made for success. They host a variety of local writers, trivia nights, and other interesting talks throughout the year as well. After all, a delicious breakfast and an exciting book on a crisp fall day is all you need.
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Be sure to head to West Street for a bookstore that can only be described as a three-story treasure. As one of the oldest independently-owned used bookstores, Brattle is a fundamental part of downtown Boston. With an antique collection unrivaled by many and an owner who’s as passionate about books as you can be, walking into Brattle immediately feels like an adventure.