By Paola Santiago
Posted On: Aug 27, 2020
Thinking about all the books you’ve been meaning to read? Pickup a copy from one of these 10 local bookstores, offering online ordering and delivery options.
NOTE: Please check directly with the places before your visit to stay up to date on all safety precautions and learn more about the guidelines surrounding COVID-19 here.
The Book Loft in Columbus
If you’ve ever wondered where J.K. Rowling came up with the idea for the Weasley’s topsy-turvy house, we think she took a page out of The Book Loft. 32 Rooms chock-full of popular page-turners, regional authors and classic favorites are stitched together to make the most unique bookshop experience in the state. Check out their website and study the map before entering a maze where every room is a different subject or theme!
Two-Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus
What started off as an independent book publishing company, Two-Dollar Radio Headquarters flowered into a neighborhood shop, event space, vegan cafe and bar. They're almost exclusively devoted to selling independent authors, but if you can't make it to the store, check out their online shop (maybe adding their new vegan cookbook to your shopping cart).
Visible Voice Books in Cleveland
Looking for good book? Then you’re sure to find it at Visible Voice, a bookstore located in historic Tremont. You can order online through AbeBooks.com or for those looking for something extra, check out their "Create-Your-Own Night in the Bookstore" -- a private bookstore dining and browsing experience.
But you don’t have to worry about getting hungry if you're just stopping in. This trendy bookshop is located right above Crust, a local pizza shop, kitchen and bar.
Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights
Established in 1994, this beautifully constructed bookshop has undergone a lot of change. Originally sharing a space with an oriental rug shop, Loganberry still adorns its floors with breathtaking rugs and broad skylights to illuminate the books on their shelves. Check out their Annex Gallery for a rotating collection of local artists in photography, ceramics and traditional media. You can also order books from their online store (like a copy of Ohio author Celeste Ng's "Little Fires Everywhere, which takes place in Shaker Heights).
The Learned Owl in Hudson
This community book shop has been on Hudson's Main Street for over 50 years. With three floors of books, you're sure to find your next read. And for those who like their books digitally, they've partnered with Kobo and libro.fm so you get hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks.
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Gathering Volumes in Perrysburg
Priding themselves on offering a selection based of customer wants and feedback, Gathering Volumes delivers. Whether it's new or used books, a subscription or building your own bookish care package, you'll find it all here.
Smith & Hannon Bookstore in Cincinnati
Started in 2003, this OTR spot is the number one bookstore for African American literature in Cincinnati. They specialize in works from African American and local authors.
Mulberry St. Books in Lebanon
Family operated Mulberry St. Books offers secondhand boutique, gently used books and bookish apparel gear. Get yourself a new book, a new outfit and some sweet treats from their bakery all in one trip. They're also dedicated to sustainable practices by offering their coffees and pastries in biodegradable cups, lids and straws. They regularly receive donations and consignments so that every time you stop by their inventory will have completely changed, keeping prices low and customers extra happy!
Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati
Move over Barnes and Noble, Joseph-Beth had you beat years ago. Joseph-Beth has been a pillar of the Ohio community for the last 25 years. Not only can you find New York Times best-selling books here, but also the Bronte Bistro for some high-quality meals, with carry-out options.
Wheatberry Books in Chillicothe
Sometimes you have to take life by the reins and steer yourself into a new adventure. Avid reader and owner of Wheatberry, Chelsea Bruning, did exactly that. Borne out of a passion for independent literature and a dream, Wheatberry Books sits in historic Chillicothe in perfect proximity to Paper City Coffee and the Mighty Children’s Museum.