Call us nerds all day long, but we’ll never stop loving a good bookstore — especially if it’s one of Philly’s amazing independently owned shops. Get to know three newcomers to the indie bookstore scene, and start planning your trip to the shops now. (Warning: They’re all in the ’burbs.) Trust us — these places are worth it.
Open Book Bookstore // 7900 High School Road, Elkins Park, 267-627-4888.
Owner Lynn Rosen is a publishing industry insider with her finger on the pulse of what’s worth the read. Stop inside and browse her new, curated selection — it’s not as vast as a big-box retailer’s, but that’s by design. (Quality over quantity, people.) Outfitted with cushy armchairs and cozy rugs, you may never want to leave once you’ve found a great book or ten. Plus, the store hosts awesome events like writers workshops and BYOB adult coloring nights.
Narberth Bookshop // 221 Haverford Avenue, Narberth.
With over 25 years of publishing industry savvy, owner Ellen Trachtenberg knows how to curate a selection of books. Between the inviting atmosphere and the knowledgable staff on-hand for a personalized book recommendation at a moment’s notice, Narberth Bookshop will be tough to leave empty-handed. The shop is slated to open this fall, so don’t head out to Narberth just yet.
Main Point Books // 116 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne, 610-525-1480.
This summer, Main Point Books found a new home in Wayne. Owner Cathy Fiebach moved from her original Radnor space to accommodate for a larger children’s book section. Snag the newest Harry Potter book here, or pop on by for a new end-of-summer easy read.
Next time the Shore forecast calls for rain all weekend long, skip the AC Expressway and hit up one of these charming new indie bookstores. Between the curated book selection, musky smell of brand new binding, and cozy ambiance, we’ve got a feeling you won’t regret it.