It has been a little more than a year since I began this blog, and I have to say that I have been more than pleasantly surprised at the number and vitality of bookstores that I have discovered. Independent booksellers are not only alive and well, but they are more often than not interesting, unique, and inspiring places occupying not just traditional buildings, but also frequently residing in unconventional spaces and unexpected places. I have visited bookstores in small towns and large cosmopolitan cities, in small strip malls, and high-rise shopping centers. I have seen a bookstore in a log cabin and a log cabin in a bookstore. I have met a talking bookstore dog, visited a bookstore with a bullet-proof wall, and become part of a book club in a bookstore that offers live music. I have enjoyed bookstores in lovely tourist towns and bookstores practically in the middle of nowhere.
|King Books in Detroit|
Recently a friend (Thanks, Cassie.) passed on an article titled, Ten Awesome Bookstores Repurposed From Unused Structures. This idea came as no shock to me, nor was it shocking to find that one of the ten turned out to be a fantastic store that I blogged about last year. King Books, the largest bookstore in Michigan, occupies what once was a glove factory. My visit to King Books was such a "big" experience that I did a two-part blog post about it. I was thrilled to see it mentioned in the article.
I have an 11th bookstore to add to the list. Last December I had the distinct pleasure of visiting a splendid and unexpected repurposed structure converted to a bookstore. Reading Books in Rockford, Michigan, is housed in an old train car. I think that's pretty awesome.
Take a look at these awesome bookstore conversions for yourself: