Area Bookstores Looking Cautiously Toward Reopening

Northeast Ohio bookstores have been closed since mid-March, although most have been promoting ordering books from them online. But ordering online just isn’t the same as browsing in a store and stumbling on books you weren’t aware of or didn’t realize you wanted. That’s particularly true of stores that sell used books. But now, some area independent bookstores are looking ahead, and at least two have plans already in place for reopening.

Loganberry Books on Larchmere will be reopening then after being closed for eight weeks, with the store’s large stock of new and used books on all topics, collectible books, unusual cards, puzzles and gift items once again available for purchasing in person. When they reopen, they will reserve 10-11am for seniors and those with high-risk medical conditions. They’ll require face coverings, spacing of at least six feet, a maximum of 25 people in the store and three people per alcove/seating area It’s one of the area’s largest independent bookstores size-wise, so they have the capacity to make this work. They’ll also resume curbside pickup for prepaid orders. And you can still order online, with delivery within a three-mile radius.

Appletree Books in Cleveland Heights closed completely for a month, but as of mid-April came back as a virtual bookstore, with staff in the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-4pm to take phone calls, answer emails and process orders for delivery and pickup. You can continue to order from them online here.

Hudson’s Learned Owl Book Shop, closed since March 15, has been open for phone and online orders and says that they have been so busy that the owner asked the Summit County Board of Health for permission to bring a second staff member to the tore to help her. She says they’re not quite ready to reopen, offering local delivery, discounted shipping and contactless pickup throughout May.

Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights will reopen for limited store browsing and curbside pickup on Tuesday May 12. They say, “We are getting the store ready to be as safe as possible for social distancing. Therefore, we are deconstructing our space and putting it back together again. Staff will be wearing masks and masks will be required for in-store browsing. We’ve seen a lot of clever, quirky, and even fashionable masks and we can’t wait to see yours!” They will continue to take phone, email and online orders, and orders above $50 will be shipped free via media mail.

Visible Voice Books in Tremont hasn’t announced a reopening yet, but they are still taking orders online for new, sued and antiquarian/collectible books including large selections of music-related books and Cleveland-connected volumes. Go to their website for the link.

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