I’ve been curious lately as to whether or not there are any specialty, or niche bookstores in the world. After a bit of research, it turns out there are! Here are 3 specialty indie bookstores you just need to visit, and if you can’t visit, you can still support!
Grolier Poetry Bookshop – Cambridge, Massachusetts
This bookshop sells exclusively poetry books, with 15,000 poetry works in their collection. It is the oldest poetry-specific bookshop in the United States, around since 1927. Many poets and writers throughout the years have frequented Grolier, especially because Harvard University, where most of them had studied, is in Cambridge as well.
The Ripped Bodice – Culver City, California
The Ripped Bodice is a Romance-specific bookstore, and the only one in the United States. It was started by sisters Leah and Bea Koch who raised $91,000 on Kickstarter to open the store. Their tagline is “Smart girls read romance,” so that people don’t feel ashamed of their love for the genre, and they have a wide array of gifts one can purchase to support independent, female owned businesses.
Atomic Books – Baltimore, Maryland
Atomic Books has been around since 1992 and specializes in non-super hero comic books and graphic novels. Bonus: there is a bar inside called Eightbar which sells craft beer, wine, ciders, and meads! Atomic Books is doing it right; I think all bookshops should have a bar at the back. 💁♀️
If you know about any other specialty Indie bookshops that I can check out, let me know. I’d love to hear about them.