November 25, 2022

You will return these 10 local bookstores

By Paola Santiago

Published on: August 27, 2020

Thinking of all the books you wanted to read? Pick up a copy at any of these 10 local bookstores, offering online ordering and delivery options.

The Book Loft in Columbus

If you’ve ever wondered where the idea for the Weasley’s Upside Down House came from, we think it took a page from The Book Loft. 32 rooms packed with popular page-turners, regional authors and classic favorites are assembled to create the most unique bookstore experience in the state. Check out their website and study the map before entering a maze where each room is a different subject or theme!

Join the comprehensive German Village tour and stop at the adjacent Staufs Coffee Haus and walk down to Pistacia Vera Bakery.

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus

What started as an independent book publishing company, Two-Dollar Radio’s headquarters has evolved into a neighborhood store, event space, vegan cafe and bar. They focus almost exclusively on selling independent authors, but if you can’t make it to the store, check out their online store (perhaps adding their vegan cookbook to your cart).

Visible voice books in Cleveland

Looking for a good book? Then you’re sure to find it at Visible Voice, a bookstore located in historic Tremont. You can order online through AbeBooks.com or for those looking for something more, check out their “Create-Your-Own Night in the Bookstore” – a private bookstore dining and browsing experience.

But you don’t have to worry about being hungry if you just stop by. This trendy bookstore is located just above Crust, a local pizzeria, food and bar.

Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights

Founded in 1994, this beautifully constructed bookstore has gone through many changes. Originally sharing a space with an oriental rug shop, Loganberry still adorns its floors with breathtaking rugs and wide skylights to illuminate the books on their shelves. Check out their annex gallery for a rotating collection of local artists in photography, ceramics and traditional media. You can also order books from their online store (like a copy of Ohio author Celeste Ng’s Small fires everywherewhich takes place in Shaker Heights).

The learned owl in Hudson

This community bookstore has been located on Main Street in Hudson for over 50 years. With three floors of books, you’re sure to find your next read. And for those who love their eBooks, they’ve partnered with libro.fm so you get hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks.

Photo credit: Gathering Volumes, Facebook

Gather Volumes in Perrysburg

Priding itself on offering a selection based on customer wishes and feedback, Gathering Volumes keeps its promises. Whether it’s new or used books, a subscription or creating your own book care package, you’ll find it all here.

Smith & Hannon Bookstore in Cincinnati

Launched in 2003, this OTR spot is the number one bookstore for African American literature in Cincinnati. They specialize in the works of African American and local authors.

Mulberry St. Books in Lebanon

Mulberry St. Books, a family business, offers a thrift shop, gently used books and bookish clothing. Get yourself a new book, a new outfit and some goodies from their bakery in one trip. They are also dedicated to sustainable practices by offering their coffees and pastries in biodegradable cups, lids and straws. They receive donations and shipments regularly, so every time you stop by, their inventory changes completely, which keeps prices low and makes customers even happier!

The Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati

Move over Barnes and Noble, Joseph-Beth beat you years ago. Joseph-Beth has been a pillar of the Ohio community for 25 years. Not only will you find the New York Times best-selling books here, but also the Bronte Bistro for high-quality meals.

Wheatberry Books in Chillicothe

Sometimes you have to take life by the reins and embark on a new adventure. Avid reader and owner of Wheatberry, Chelsea Bruning, did just that. Born out of a passion for independent literature and a dream, Wheatberry Books is located in historic Chillicothe, in perfect proximity to Paper City Coffee and the Mighty Children’s Museum.

For more literary fun and adventures, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.