Reading is the ultimate accessible escape. Whether you pick up the latest hardcover release or find that perfect audiobook with soothing narration, escaping into a story enhances critical thinking skills, sparks creativity and even increases empathy, all while offering a small break from the stress of reality.
In the current age of next-day shipping and at-a-click convenience, it is often easy to pass by small, local retailers in favor of convenience. Consider that independent booksellers offer a more personal touch, often staffing well-read employees ready to assist you in finding that perfect next escape. To walk into a book shop and receive greetings from a friendly book lover who presses a cup of hot tea into your hands and then proceeds to lead you through the stacks is one of those fantastic experiences we all deserve.
Here is a short list of indie bookstores you should absolutely check out!
MT. YONAH BOOK EXCHANGE
3779 Helen Highway
Looking for a unique and charming book-buying experience? Make the trip to Mt. Yonah, where you will find the most quaint used bookstore in the Georgia mountains. Mt. Yonah Book Exchange has the coziest. vibes, a shop kitty named Daisy and friendly staff to help you find the perfect purchase. Mt. Yonah BookExchange has used books in every genre, including abroad selection of children’s options. Here, anyone canfind a story worth reading. Stop by Monday throughThursday and visit mtyonahbookexchange.com for more information.
READ IT AGAIN BOOKSTORE
3630 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 314
This mom-daughter-owned gem has a well-read staff ready to help you find the perfect next read. Feel free to browse their large selection of books, be it the newest releases or the oldest classics! You can even set up a time to bring in your beloved books to trade in for store credit.Join one of their monthly book clubs, and keep in touch via their Instagram@ReaditAgainBooks.
INSIDE STORY BOOKSTORE55
Freedom Parkway, Suite 109
Stocked to the brim with great reads, you can get lost for hours in this bookstore and cafe. Friendly staff andbaristas are always eager to share their most recentfavorites, from nonfiction to thrillers, from Italian sodas tocustom lattes. Check them out on Instagram@TheInsideStoryBookstoreAndCafe.
THE STORY SHOP
124 N Broad St
Enter a charming and enchanting world full of wonder for kids of all ages. The Story Shop boasts colorful murals, reading nooks and a wide selection of books to marvel. In addition to the gorgeous ambiance and endless reading materials, The Story Shop hosts themed birthdays and celebrations, a weekly interactive Story Time and so much more. Visit visitthestoryshop.com for more details and find them on Instagram@VisitTheStoryShop.
LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES
133A East Court Square
Children and adults alike can browse away the day between the shelves of this Decatur-based reader’s paradise. Grab a staff member for help finding that just-right read, stop by during story time or just meander thoughtfully through a wonderland of stories. Visit littleshopofstories.com for information on upcoming events and engage with the team on Instagram@LittleShopofStories.