These unique bookstore are centered around Downtown Boston. Yesterday, we went out and explored many bookstores from many different type of bookstores. We explored these six book stores because we found them interesting and they have something that is not too similar to everything else.
- Located at 338 Newbury St., Trident Booksellers & Cafe is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and browse through shelves of books. The two-story store sells a wide variety of books and knick knacks, as well as amazing food. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, accompanied by amazing milkshakes and desserts. The comfort food is top quality and affordable and the restaurant offers many options for vegetarians and vegans. Due to a fire earlier this year, Trident is temporarily closed but is in the process of renovation and will be reopening at the end of August.
- A hidden bookstore resides in 15 Court Sq., near Government Center, in a big building with many offices. The door of the tiny Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc is covered by window shades, with the words “Open by chance or appointment” printed on the door. After forcefully ringing the doorbell, you may be lucky enough to make it inside the store, if it’s open at that time. Inside, you will find an abundance of books, mostly historical, and antique portraits of famous figures. The store shys away from publicity, and would rather be found by chance rather than by advertisement, but is certainly an intriguing shop to visit if you can stumble upon it.
- Barnes & Noble is located on 114 Boylston St. The bookstore is next to Emerson College and they have a lot of Emerson-branded apparel, including sweaters and shirts. Additionally, they have books of different categories, ranging from nonfiction and historical fiction books.
- I Am Books is located at 189 North St. They sell stuffed animals and toys for kids, like fun pens and coloring books. The bookstore has many Italian books, in keeping with its Italian origins. The store is refreshingly modern and very colorful and sells a lot of new books. The owners are friendly and make sure the customers can find what they are looking for.
- The Commonwealth Book Store is an off-street book shop that also sells many antique historic books and maps ranging from a minimum of $125. This was the most cluttered and disorganized bookstore we visited.
- We interviewed the manager of the Brattle Book Shop, Nicole Reiss, who informed us on the history of their bookstore. “We go out to people's houses and buy books,” Reiss said. “That's how we get most of our books. So we travel all over the northeast.” This is the most unique store we visited, as they have bookshelves outside, along with moveable carts with many cheap books. According to Reiss, the shop has been on West St. since the 1960s, but it has been in existence since the mid-1800s.