Specialty Retailers Who Sell Books (2018)

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.

Art Stores

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.

Children’s Stores

Dancing Bear Toys and GiftsDancing Bear Toys & Gifts, Tom England, Owner, 15 E Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701; 301-631-9300. Email: info@dbeartoys.com. 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.

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: info@larktoys.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).

Monique’s Book Boutique, 3347 State Route 52, White Sulphur Springs NY 12787; 845-292-2665. Email: moniquesbooksboutique@hotmail.com. 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: moonrabbittoys@mindspring.com. Web: http://www.moonrabbittoys.com. Features toys, games, and books.

Oh My DarlingsCarla 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: info@orpheumkids.com. 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: info@outofthebluetoys.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: info@etuniasbooks.com. 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: turtletown@nisswa.net. 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: thebeadco@hotmail.com. 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: athenafibers@gmail.com. Web: http://www.athenafibers.com. Knitting, crocheting, and fiber arts supplies, fabrics, books, and classes.

Country Stitches, Priscilla Ryan, Owner, 30 W Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513; 706-632-3070. Email: countrystitches@tds.net. Web: http://www.countrystitchesinc.net. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/countrystitchesincblueridgega. Quilts, fabrics, patterns, books, kits, gifts, and more.

Earthly Elements, 33 N Market Street, Frederick MD 21701; 301-631-5511. Email: rb4@comcast.net. 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: sales@freetimehobbies.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: susan@hyderhangout.com. 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.

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.

Gourmet Shops

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: info@jennyandcompany.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.

Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe, DeVargas Center, 181 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe NM 87501; 505-988-3394; 877-229-7184. Email: lascosas@lascosasc.biz. 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: cgsha@aol.com. 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

Mountain Life Health Food Store, Elva Stockin, Owner, 978 S Main Street #101, Ellijay GA 30540; 706-273-5433. Email: elva@mountainlifewellness.com. 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: sales@navalaviationmuseum.org. 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: gift.shop@brscenic.com. 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.


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.

Pet Stores

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: rickismart@tds.net. 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: pets@petsonmain.com. Web: http://www.petsonmain.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/petsonmain.Pet supplies, pet toys, pet accessories, grooming, and more.

Top 900 Independent Bookstores Data Files — This list started out as 500, then 600, and now over 900 top general bookstores. It includes names of the book buyers and event coordinators, address, phone, fax, email, website, and other information about each bookstore. You will be able to download six different formats (your choice of one or all) as well as an info sheet to let you know what is contained in the various data files (Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, and rich text format). Data file download, $40.00.

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About John Kremer

John Kremer is author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, the Relationships Matter Marketing program, and many other books and reports on book marketing, Internet marketing, social media, and book publicity. -- .

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