120 W. Buffalo
New Buffalo, MI 49117
What do you get when you combine a charming Lake Michigan coastal tourist town with fireworks? For the Redd family, that combination made for one fantastic vacation. Although he is a hobbyist, not a professional, my husband Jim is a certified pyrotechnician, and my son Culver and I are avid fans of his fireworks hobby. Each year for the past decade we have spent a week in August attending the Pyrotechnics Guild International annual convention where we enjoy hours of beautifully choreographed fireworks displays among other pyro delights. This year's convention was held for the first time in LaPorte, Indiana, just a little over two hours' drive from our home. We decided to spend the week at a nearby resort in New Buffalo, Michigan, on the shores of what we locals refer to as the Big Lake. After last year's convention in Fargo, North Dakota, it was quite a relief to have such a short drive, and the close proximity also afforded us the pleasure of having Culver's girlfriend Alysandra with us for a portion of the week.
"What does all this have to do with bookstores?" you are probably wondering. Well, no self-respecting bibliomaniac is going to be on vacation in a quaint tourist town without checking to see if there is a bookstore in the area. And I was in luck. As it turns out, New Buffalo is home to Buffalo Books, a delightful and interesting used bookstore with a truly fascinating owner. What's more, it was just a few blocks from our hotel.