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A Guide to Richmond’s Local Bookshops

Sometimes the best destinations are found inside the pages of a great read. In the fall when traveling slows down and you still need a getaway, you can use your mind to whisk you off to a different place for a little while and there’s just something about a fantastic piece of writing that can transport us. Richmond has many whimsical and fantastic local bookstores that cater to  lovers of literature.

If you missed our recent share on Facebook about the Best of RVA bookstores, be sure to like our page and check out the video. And keep reading for even more on those and other local stores to visit.

Fountain Bookstore– Cary Street, Downtown

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Located in the heart of Shockoe Slip, this gem of a bookstore is characterized by its old world charm and peaceful, quaint feel. Patrons rave about the friendliness and knowledge of the staff, great book selection, and personal touches throughout the shop. They have book signings and other special events regularly, so be sure to check the calendar on their website for those. They also pride themselves on carrying local authors and tons of books on Richmond itself. Click the link above to peruse their website and plan your visit soon!

The Little Bookshop– Sycamore Square, Midlothian14322470_1055145071271321_738249670245784227_n

Warm and welcoming, Midlothian’s independent bookstore is one of our absolute favorites and has something for everyone! Children’s books, selections for teenagers, and adult titles are all found here. And books may be their main business, but they also carry greeting cards, journals, stuffed animals, and other gifts.

Bring your kids for their themed storytimes, come out for a book signing, or attend a book club meeting. Visit their website thelittlebookshopva.com, linked above, for more information.

Book People– West End

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If you’re into used books, rare titles, and new books all in one place, Book People is your spot. They’ve been serving Richmond for 35 years and customers describe their 1200 square foot shop as cozy, with an old-fashioned atmosphere. With four rooms and 20,000 titles to peruse, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here. They are also known to locate out-of-print books for their customers with great success. Author signings and group discussions are on their calendar frequently and November is jam packed with great events to look forward to. The link above will take you to their website where you can view the events calendar, hours of operation, and much more.

bbgb Tales for KidsWest Cary Street, Downtown

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This bookstore speaks to the child inside us all and we love it for its dedication to expanding the minds and creativity of children. But it’s not all for the kids. They carry titles for the whole family. They have weekly story hours, 11 am every Wednesday, and author events as well. Their claim to fame though is the friendly staff and the amazing way they recommend the perfect books just by a small hint of what each customer’s interest is. That’s so important, especially for a shop catering mostly to children who don’t keep up with authors or titles. Definitely a must visit whether you have kids of your own or not!

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Chop Suey Books– West Cary Street, Downtown

The name for this independent bookstore comes from its original location’s origin, which was a chop suey restaurant from the 70s. The name Chop Suey seamed so fitting not only because of what the building once was, but because chop suey is Americanization of the Mandarin term “Za Sui,” meaning “a little bit of this, a little bit of that.” When you step into this cool Carytown store, you see exactly why the name is perfect. They sell books from all different genres both used and new. It’s a favorite among locals because the stock is always changing and the opportunity to find a literary gem that you can’t find anywhere else in the city is amazing. They also visit for their adorable shop cat mascot, WonTon.

So, next time you’re looking for a new read, hit up one of Richmond’s locally owned book shops and get the full RVA book lovers experience.

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