Wahr's Bookstore: Ann Arbor's Longest Lasting Bookshop
David's Books: Father of Bookstores
Ann Arbor's First Library
Hall of Fame Sports Books
Intellectualism and Uninhibited Fun in the Radical 1970'sby Karen Alvarez 'The unassuming storefronts on Maynard near Nickel’s Arcade were once the site of cheeky (pun intended) exhibitionism and celebrity book signings. Centicore Bookstores occupied a space there for 17 years in the 1960s and 1970s. During a time when Ann Arbor gaine...
Where Giants Rang Up Sales by Karen Alvarez Just south of Nickel’s Arcade at 336 South State (now home to Bivouac) stood a bookstore that served generations of townspeople and university students. Slater’s Books carried a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, gifts, college textbooks, and school supplies. However, what really set it ...
A Bookbinding Tour of Ann Arbor by Karen Alvarez Ann Arbor’s bookbinders were numerous and busy in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Old city directories reveal that as many as a dozen binderies operated here at one time. Some were owned by local publishing houses, others by single independent craftsmen. Even after independent binderies be...
By Karen Alvarez Schaller’s Bookstore operated from 1894 to 1905 at three locations in downtown Ann Arbor. Like many bookstores then and now, it sold much more than books. Wallpaper, stationery, fountain pens by Waterman and Laughlin, and art prints were among the offerings. Customers could order subscriptions to popular magazines of the d...
By Gene Alloway, owner of Motte & Bailey Booksellers The busy years of the seventies saw a renaissance in bookshops in Ann Arbor, with suchwell-known names as Borders, West Side Books, Dawn Treader, and the Little Professorshops appearing. But the early part of the decade also saw the end of a very long livedbookshop, Wahr's, which had b...
Each bookstore has its unique vision and unique stock, an independent window on the world of books. Ann Arbor had one unique bookshop that not only had its own vision but also was the incubator of no less than three other shops, two of which are still with us today. David's Used Books was started by David Kozubei (1932 - 2006) in 1978. He ha...
If you go to the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) and take the main stairs down to the basement level, you would see on the wall of the first landing, before the stairs turn to continue down, a few old plaques for the Ladies’ Library Association (LLA), one from 1885. You may wonder, “What is the LLA? And what does it...
Hall of Fame Sports Books and Collectibles was a destination for sports fans from all over the country. From 1991 to 1996 owners Chris Egan and Lorri Hopping sold new and used books, magazines, and memorabilia to casual browsers to serious collectors alike. The store occupied the first floor of 311 S. Fifth Ave. (currently Earthen Jar restauran...
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