Below are some of the specialty retailers I’ve found in 2017 and 2018 that sell books: cookbooks, craft books, pet books, art books, history books, fiction, and more.
Charles H MacNider Art Museum Shop, 303 Second Street SE, Mason City IA; 641-421-3666. Web: http://www.macniderart.org. Art gifts, books, prints, and more.
Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S 4th Street, Clear Lake IA 50428; 641-529-0143. Web: http://www.clearlakeartscenter.org. Arts and crafts gifts, supplies, books, and more.
Mobile Museum of Art, Museum Store, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile AL 36608-1917; 251-208-5200. Web: http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com. Art gifts, toys, accessories, books, and household items.
Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts, Tom England, Owner, 15 E Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701; 301-631-9300. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.dbeartoys.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dbeartoys. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dbeartoys. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dbeartoys. Toys, gifts, books, classes, activities, and camps.
Fun Shop, Children’s Museum of La Crosse, 207 5th Avenue S, La Crosse WI 54601; 608-784-2652. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.funmuseum.org. The store is full of affordable educational toys, books, art projects, puzzles, games and other interactive playthings.
Gammy & Gumpy’s Toy Store, 122 Main Street S, Stillwater MN 55082; 651-342-0144. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.gammyandgumpys.com. They choose toys and books that are educational, eco-friendly, and encourage science and tech learning. Focus on kids age 1 to 8.
Harbor Toy Company, 409 Phoenix Street, South Haven MI 49090; 269-637-9300. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Harbor-Toy-Company-Inc-136604556030. Specializing in educational toys, books, dolls, kites, travel games, board games, and puzzles.
Lark Toys, Kathy and Ron Gray, 63604 170th Avenue, Kellogg MN 55945; 507-767-3387. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.larktoys.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LARK.Toys. One of the top 10 best toy stores in the world (USA Today).
Little Red Wagon – Kid’s Stuff, 4417 220th Trail, Amana IA 52203; 319-622-3822. Web: http://www.amanageneralstore.com. Feature toys, books, puzzles, games, and more.
Monique’s Book Boutique, 3347 State Route 52, White Sulphur Springs NY 12787; 845-292-2665. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MONIQUESBOOKSBOUTIQUE. A used children’s bookstore with some new books and author signings.
Moon Rabbit Toys, Shana Hack, Owner, Plaza Mercado, 112 W San Francisco Street #202, Santa Fe NM 87501; 505-982-9373. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.moonrabbittoys.com. Features toys, games, and books.
Oh My Darlings, Carla Ruppert, Owner, 508 Phoenix Street, South Haven MI 49090; 269-637-7900. Web: http://www.ohmydarlings.com. Upscale kid’s store featuring toys, books, games, and baby items.
Second store: Oh My Darlings, 312A State Street, St. Joseph MI 49085; 269-588-3008.
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum Gift Shop, 346 N Neil Street, Champaign IL 61820; 217-352-5895. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.orpheumkids.net. Features science kits, toys, gifts, books, and more.
Out of the Blue, Lisa Gallegos, Manager, 2502 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque NM 87104-3224; 505-242-4455; Fax: 505-242-6379. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.outofthebluetoys.com. Features toys, crafts, games, magic, science and nature kits, and books.
Petunia’s Place, Debbie Manning and Jean Fennacy, co-owners, Opus I Shopping Center, 6027 N Palm Avenue, Fresno CA 93704; 559-438-1561; Fax: 559-438-1563. Web: http://www.petuniasbooks.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Motto: Fine books for children and young adults.
Turtle Town Books & Gifts, 25481 Main Street, Nisswa MN 56468; 218-963-4891; 800-635-7809. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.turtletownnisswa.com. Features books, ebooks, toys, cards, games, crafts, and puzzles. Half the store is devoted to children’s books.
Crafts and Hobby Stores
Acorn19 Bead Co., Melanie M.E., 319 S Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls SD 57104; 605-977-2147. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.acorn19.com. They offer beading supplies and tools, millions of beads, and beading classes.
Athena Fibers, 2915 S Hawthorne, Sioux Falls SD 57105; 605-271-0741. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.athenafibers.com. Knitting, crocheting, and fiber arts supplies, fabrics, books, and classes.
The Cherry Pit Quilt Shop, 115 Bruce Street, Sevierville TN 37862; 865-453-4062. Web: http://www.cherrypitquiltshop.com. Quilting supplies, patterns, books, and more.
Country Stitches, Priscilla Ryan, Owner, 30 W Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513; 706-632-3070. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.countrystitchesinc.net. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/countrystitchesincblueridgega. Quilts, fabrics, patterns, books, kits, gifts, and more.
Darn Knit Anyway, Brick Alley Building, 421-423 S Main Street, Stillwater MN 55082; 651-342-1386. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.darnknitanyway.com. Features yarns, patterns, crafts, and classes.
Earthly Elements, 33 N Market Street, Frederick MD 21701; 301-631-5511. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.earthlyrocks.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Earthly-Elements-More-Than-a-Rock-Shop-368114334101. Rocks, crystals, geodes, gifts, books.
Free Time Hobbies, 47 Dunbarton Farm Road, Blue Ridge GA 30513; 706-946-1120; Fax: 678-550-8889. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.freetimehobbies.com. Model trains, kits, general hobby, books, magazines, and supplies.
Hyderhangout: Quilt Fabric & More, 219 1st Street NE, Cleveland TN; 423-715-2908. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.hyderhangout.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Hyderhangout-Quilt-Fabric-More-175349025837467. Quilting fabric, supplies, notions, books, and classes.
Jumping Mouse Beads, 781 E Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513; 706-276-1215. Web: http://www.jumpingmousebeads.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jumping-Mouse-Beads-153495734693996. Beads, crystals, kits, books, classes, and art.
The Pickett Fence, 100 W Blackhawk Avenue, Prairie du Chien WI 53821; 608-326-4593. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.fencepostfabrics.com. A quilt shop and candy store featuring quilting and sewing supplies, tools, patterns, books, and more.
Sea Quilt Shoppe, 22131 Cotton Creek Drive, Gulf Shores AL 36542; 251-968-7327. Quilting fabrics and supplies, patterns, books, and classes.
Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe, 449 Industrial Boulevard #165, Ellijay GA 30540; 706-698-5648. Web: http://www.stringsandstitches.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Strings-and-Stitches-Yarn-Shoppe-153143794754570. Yarn, crocheting and knitting supplies, books, patterns, and classes.
Yarn & Coffee, Deborah Grossman, Owner, 1836 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe NM 87505; 505-780-5030. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.yarnandcoffee.com. Yarn supplies, tools, patterns, books, and accessories. Plus classes and stitching groups.
Cooks of Crocus Hill, 877 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55105; 651-228-1333. Stores in Stillwater, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis. Cooking tools, cooking classes, tour groups welcome.
Cooks of Crocus Hill Stillwater, 324 S Main Street, Stillwater MN 55082; 651-351-1144.
Cooks of Crocus Hill (North Loop), 2081 North 1st Street, Minneapolis MN 55401; 612-223-8167.
For 43 years, Cooks has been the Twin Cities leader in all things culinary: pots and pans, gadgets and recipes, James Beard Award-winning books, international chefs and local sommeliers, tea to sides of beef, grilling to cake decorating. If something cooking-related happens in town, chances are, it happened here first. Life really does happen in the kitchen.
The Grateful Gourmet, Kimberly Thompson, Owner, 204 N Main Street, Galena IL 61036; 815-777-1922. Web: http://www.gratefulgourmetgalena.com. Features gourmet food, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, cookware, and cooking accessories.
Jenny & Company, 10 NW 3rd Street, Grand Rapids MN 55744; 218-326-1821. Email: email@example.com. Web: https://www.jennyandcompany.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-and-Company-229854207112591. Features cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, cooking accessories, gourmet foods, and more.
Jenny & Company Walker, P O Box 609, 500 Minnesota Avenue, Walker MN 56484; 218-547-1888.
Kitchen Arts & Letters, Matt Sartwell, managing partner, 1435 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10128; 212-876-5550. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.kitchenartsandletters.com. New, used, and out-of-print cookbooks.
Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe, DeVargas Center, 181 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe NM 87501; 505-988-3394; 877-229-7184. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.lascosascooking.com. Features kitchen gadgets, cookware, specialty foods, cookbooks, and a cooking school. The Cooking School Director is John Vollertsen.
Plum’s Cooking Company, 401 East 8th Street #107, Sioux Falls SD 57103; 605-335-1999. Web: http://www.plumscooking.com. This gourmet shop offers quality cooking tools, equipment, books, and classes. Classes are offered in a state-of-the-art commercial teaching kitchen.
Whisk: A Cook Shop, Bruce Thompson, 151 N Main Street, Pine Mountain GA 31822; 706-663-4848. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.sweethomeantiques.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Home-AntiquesCountry-GardensChanticleerWhisk-in-Pine-Mountain-GA-378920691385. Cooking tools, spices, gourmet foods, cookbooks, classes, and more.
Health Food Stores
Healing House Herb Shop, 600 2nd Avenue N, Clear Lake IA 50428; 641-357-1494. Email: email@example.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healinghouseherbshop. Features herbs, oils, teas, health books, and health consultations.
Mountain Life Health Food Store, Elva Stockin, Owner, 978 S Main Street #101, Ellijay GA 30540; 706-273-5433. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.mountainlifewellness.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mountainlifehealth. Healthy foods, supplements, personal care products, books, seminars, coaching, and more.
History Stores (including military, etc.)
Flight Deck Museum Store, National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard #C, Naval Air Station Pensacola FL 32508; 800-247-6289; Fax: 850-456-0099. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org. Military clothing, gifts, books, movies, CDs, toys, home furnishings, and more.
Northeast Georgia History Center Museum Store, 322 Academy Street NE, Gainesville GA 30501; 770-297-5900. Web: http://www.negahc.org. Gifts and books about history, humor, historical fiction, cooking, photography, and more.
The books in our museum shop span a wide variety of subjects including history, photographic essays, cooking, humor, nature and historical fiction. Some of these books are exclusive to our shop. Many of our books are written by north Georgia authors including Gordon Sawyer, Zell Miller, Thomas Rasmussen, Vic Wilson, Linda Rucker Hutchens, and Ella Wilmont-Smith.
Railway Gift Shop, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 76 Toccoa Avenue McCaysville GA 30555; 706-964-6580. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.brscenic.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blueridgescenicrailway. Railroad gifts, history, apparel, books, and more.
Mind/Body/Spirit Stores (New Age Stores)
Crystal Forests, Irene Richardson, 38 S Market Street #3, Frederick MD 21701; 301-524-9572. Email: Irene@crystalforests.com. Web: http://www.crystalforests.com. Psychic readings, gifts, crystals, books, and more.
OptiMysm, Nyna Matysiak, Manager, 129 Kit Carson Road #E, Taos NM 87571; 575-741-8545. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.optimysm.myshopify.com.
New and used mind/body/spirit books, gifts, crystals, tarot decks, and more. Plus readings.
The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Boulevard #101, Scottsdale AZ 85251; 888-560-9919. Web: http://www.poisonedpen.com. Mysteries and detective novels. Features over 200 major mystery author signings every year.
Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company, Tom Striker, 611 E Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513; 706-258-2473. Bird feeders, bird food, gifts, books, walks, and seminars.
Love Dogs and Cats Too, 777 E Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513; 706-632-8668. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Love-Dogs-and-Cats-Too-171014882940981. Pet supplies, pet food, books, and more.
Pets on Main, 108 N Main Street, Ellijay GA 30540; 706-698-0108. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.petsonmain.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/petsonmain.Pet supplies, pet toys, pet accessories, grooming, and more.
Science and Nature Stores
Mineral Museum and Bookstore, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro NM 87801-4796; 575-835-5490. Web: http://www.geoinfo.nmt.edu.
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See also Christmas Gift Shops
See also State-Focused Gift Shops