330 Kalamazoo St.
South Haven, MI 49090
|The Boys, Booker and Dewey|
|Dick at the front desk|
|Pam shelves books in the children's room|
A carpeted seating area, complete with comfy arm chairs and a coffee table, invites customers to relax with coffee and a snack. Self-serve coffee is only $1. To accompany your coffee, try some biscotti or Swedish toast, homemade by Pam. Or sit and thumb through a book in a cushioned Windsor chair or rocker.
There are many private nooks and small rooms to be investigated including a separate room for children's books. The shop is well laid out and browser friendly with titles covering a wide range of topics all meticulously organized on quality wood shelving. Although it is a used bookstore, there are some new titles available particularly in the children's section. A smattering of new books by local authors and publications pertinent to the local area can also be found.
As I was nearing the end of my visit to this terrific store, Dick drew my attention to an old magazine. But this was no ordinary magazine. The last thing I expected to see in this shop was a Playboy. But this was no ordinary Playboy. It was, in fact, a 30-year-old, collectible Braille Playboy. That's right, Braille. Who knew such a thing existed. "We charge $5 a feel," Pam joked.
From the interesting and friendly owners to the lovable canine staff members, this was one memorable trip. It is obvious that Dick and Pam love what they do. It may have been the middle of December, but at Black River Books there seems to be no off season.