Two New Local Book Stores

Tired of the corporate atmosphere of Barnes and Nobles and Borders? Want to support the local economy? Check out two new local bookstores. What they may lack in on-hand inventory, they more than make up for in atmosphere and investment in the local community.

Second Story Books

(550 Westcott St) is a place to procure hard-to-find books on culture, current affairs, art theory and many other subjects. Customers can also order books that they cannot find in the store. This comfortable bookstore also has its own coffee shop and an area for reading and community interaction. In addition, Second Story strives to support local and international artists by serving as a gallery space and a venue for film showings and readings. The store is open Monday through Sunday, from 12 to 8 pm. Contact Alexis at

Lavender Inkwell Bookshoppe

(304 N. McBride St.) reclaims the former home of My Sister's Words bookstore and focuses on GLBT literature. The owners stress that they "want to offer the Gay and Lesbian community a place where people can feel safe in an environment that is friendly and inviting." The space is meant to be warm and cordial, and there are chairs, a loveseat and a window seat for reading. Clients are encouraged to spend time in the store and relax. There are also complimentary amenities like coffee, and tea for customers. Lavender Inkwell also displays the works of local photographers and other graphic artists. While the store just opened, there are plans for reading and writing clubs, as well as book signing events. The store is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.Contact John or Scott at

-Aly Wane