Celebrate #SmallBusinessSaturday with these 🎊💯↗️ Indie Bookstores


This Saturday, get thee to a bookstore!

Hannah on Milkweed Books

I was only in Minneapolis for a freezing 24 hours, but my visit to Milkweed was a highlight: friendly staff, lots of local literary folk hanging out, & beautiful space and displays. (Milkweed is located in Open Book, a seriously f@#king cool literary arts center downtown.) Plus, great bookseller recommendations! (Thanks Celia!)

Last bookstore purchase: The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

Suki on Greenlight


Brooklyn, NY

It's warm and cozy, they have a wonderfully curated selection, and really enriching events. 

Last store purchase: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Sophia on Bookshop Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

Huge selection, tons of used books, family-owned, and open late (by Santa Cruz standards). A crucial part of my grad school years.

Last store purchase: Borne by Jeff Vandermeer


Victoria on Harvard Book Store


Cambridge, MA

Harvard Book Store is always the (often unconscious) destination of my walks around Harvard Square in Cambridge. Don't be fooled by the "Harvard" in its name; open since 1932, this bookstore's used book section is incredible - not to mention going down the stairs to the basement to find it gives you that magical-book-loving-coffee-drinking-blissful-intellectual feel. It sells cheap books on the corner and new books upstairs.

Last store purchase: Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground (subsequently read by the Tanner Fountain on Harvard's campus)

Jamia on Sister's Uptown Bookstore

New York, NY

It's the only black-owned bookstore in Manhattan!

Last store purchase: Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Jisu on Wild Rumpus

Minneapolis, MN

Owner Collette once described herself as a "curator of delight". There is nothing that encapsulates what she's done with Wild Rumpus better. Walking into the store—whether by the adult door or the smaller child's door—brings to life the magical wonder and infinite possibility of books, especially for a young reader. 

Last store purchase: The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Mudstone Trilogy: A Novel by Mal Peet

Lucia on Gulf of Maine Books

Brunswick, ME

Gulf of Maine Books is one of the best places on earth. They have a great selection of new and classic titles, plus some very witty radical bumperstickers. I always hope I'll bump into Brunswick local Elizabeth Strout when I'm in there. I haven't, yet.

Last store purchase: Love by Toni Morrison

Wren on Dawn Treader Book Shop

Ann Arbor, MI

An amazing assortment of used and rare books, including many first editions!

Last store purchase: several paperback OZ Books for a project I’m working on, including The Tin Woodman of Oz

Sophia L on Yellow Dog Bookshop

Columbia, MO

Yellow Dog is right in the middle of downtown Columbia, and have some of the cutest window displays throughout the year! More than that, they sell every type of book you could ever want or need: old paperbacks, local authors, new hardbacks. If you want, they have it somewhere.

Tess on House of Our Own

Philadelphia, PA

Housed in a Victorian home, it's a beautiful and cozy place to browse new and used books!

What's your go-to bookstore? Let us know on twitter #ShopSmall

Lucia Brown