Vestavia Hills City Center
700 Montgomery Highway, Suite 106
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
**THIS STORE CLOSED IN FEB 2010. This post will remain up for archiving purposes.**
This is a great locally owned shop. The small storefront is misleading as the shop meanders back a good bit, making room for tons of new books and t-shirts. This general interest bookstore covers all of the major subject area and has a neat children’s area in the back. All with big comfy chairs to sit in and peruse some pages. The owners also do a good job of booking interesting local and regional authors that other stores might not make the time to host.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sadly, this shop closed in April 2009. This post is being left up as an archive.
Jonathon Benton Bookseller
2705 Culver Rd
Birmingham, AL 35223
This small independent shopis located in Mountain Brook, just off Highway 280. Their store web presence seems to always be in flux but they do seem to do a better job of keeping their MySpace presence more up-to-date. They have a full coffee bar and the bookstore staff always seems very knowledgeable and helpful. It’s popular with a handful of book clubs and local folks.
It’s a nice small bookstore to peruse. They do a good job of keeping the most recent titles in stock, but nothing too far back.You’ll have to call about the hours, as they don’t keep them posted.
***Sadly this bookstore closed up in 2016. I’m leaving this post up as an archive ***
I stumbled across a used bookstore over in the Irondale area of town, so I thought I’d share. It’s called Doggone Books and enjoys the fortuitous traffic-inducing location of being two doors down from the Whistlestop Cafe (yes, THAT Whistlestop Cafe).
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Sadly this bookstore closed back in 2009. This post is being left up for archival purposes.
**My latest contribution to the Bham Terminal has been posted. So you can catch me over there or keep reading below.**
The newest kid on Birmingham’s book selling block is Malcolm’s Reading Room (404 17th St. North) which is the ground level of the historic Masonic Temple building. Malcolm’s Reading Room is billed as an African-American bookstore, which the banners, t-shirts and colors make obvious after stepping through the door. But after spending a few short minutes with co-owner Simone Snelling, one gets the feeling that the store is about something more…
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