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Where to find independent bookstores in Cleveland

Michelle McQuade | September 18, 2018

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With big-box stores, online services, and e-readers, one would think independent bookstores across the country are now on the ropes. In Cleveland, OH however, many independent bookstores are thriving, with shelves stocked deep with treasures. Some stores are known for filling a niche, like stocking zines or obscure fantasy titles, while others are more popular as venues for book signings, workshops, and other fun events.

For bookworms, nothing compares to the feeling you get when browsing through a terrific selection of unique titles. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite independent booksellers in the Cleveland area:

Fireside Book Shop

29 N. Franklin St.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Fireside Book Shop has been a destination or book lovers since 1963. Located in downtown Chagrin Falls, the bookstore is housed in a former auto supply store located right below an apartment space.

In addition to its wide selection of titles across different genres, Fireside also organizes author readings and signings, book launches, discussions, and other events. The store also has a trade-in program which exchanges books in good condition for credit which you can spend on existing books and merchandise.

Loganberry Books

13015 Larchmere Blvd.,
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

Loganberry Books features charming vintage-style interiors where you’ll find shelves upon shelves of new, used, and rare books. Located alongside art galleries, locally-owned boutiques, and a variety of restaurants, this independently owned and operated bookstore features a curated selection of over 100,000 books in different genres, perfect for bibliophiles of all ages.

Visible Voice Books

2258 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Visible Voice Books is a sanctuary for creative thinkers, curious readers, and anyone looking to add yet another title to their “to-read” pile. Located in the heart of Tremont, the locally-owned bookstore offers works made by up-and-coming writers and acclaimed authors, literary gifts, unique merchandise, and more.

The space also doubles as a café which serves a variety of craft beer, seasonal wines, locally made pastries, and special teas and coffee.

Zubal Books

2969 West 25th Street,
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Established in 1961, Zubal Books is a well-known source for libraries, collectors, and readers searching for rare titles and important books on different subjects in all fields. Majority of the store’s collection of rarities consists of previously owned titles from researchers, professors, and technical libraries.

Zubal Books offers over 150,000 titles on their website, while there are more than 750,000 books currently being cataloged.

Mac’s Backs

1820 Coventry Rd.,
Cleveland Heights OH 44118

Mac’s Backs is Cleveland Heights’ very own hub for avid readers, carrying an eclectic mix of both old and new titles as well as a curated selection of Cleveland-centric works. For science fiction lovers, Mac’s Backs’ upstairs balcony is filled with a plethora of interesting and rare titles guaranteed to scratch your sci-fi itch.

Mac’s Backs is also a venue for book signings and readings, author events, book club sessions, and writing workshops.

There’s plenty more for you to discover in Cleveland! Check out some of our previous blog articles for other great destinations in the Greater Cleveland area.

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41 North Main St. Chagrin Falls, OH 44022