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Bookie’s Bookstore Tour

I love to roadtrip, explore new places, and shop for books…

Therefore, I decided to compile a listing of the local bookstores and why I recommend them. If you’re ever in the Lexington/Louisville/Cincinnati “triangle”, feel free to check them out!

Lexington / Bluegrass Area

Wild Fig Books and Co-op
726 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am to 8pm

What I love about them: Wild Fig may be small, but it is mighty. Not only do they carry a selection of social justice and activism books, but they are locally owned indie/ co-op shop that offers gifts and artwork, as well as a coffee and treats! 

sQecial Media
371 S Limestone #220, Lexington, KY 40508
Open Monday – Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 12-6pm

What I love about them: Locally owned indie book & gift shop that is located on the second floor of a building in the middle of downtown Lex. It’s small, but you’ll find great nonfiction books on things like music, western medicine, astrology, and art. You can also find great headshop style gifts, home decor, and writing supplies. If you’re looking for eclectic, this is where you’ll find it.

Brier Books
319 South Ashland Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm

What I love about them: TBD!

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Cir B, Lexington, KY 40503
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

What I love about them: Two floors of books, complete with Brontë’s Bistro and coffee stand? Yes please! A Lexington institution that has something for everyone, from books to games and gifts, I can easily wander for hours…and have! They also happen to host a good amount of author discussions and signings, which I enjoy. Also, their yearly membership has great perks like 30% off new bestsellers! They also have two sister branches located in/near Cincinnati.

Half Price Books
2321 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, KY 40509
127 W Tiverton Way, Lexington, KY 40503
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-8pm

What I love about them: Though this is a national chain and I’m all about supporting local bookstores, I also am all about a good deal. HPB buys and resells books at fantastic prices, which is my kind of recycling. There are two locations in Lexington. Pro tip: The one on Tiverton Way seems to always have good deals and high turnover, which makes it my favorite of the two, but Sir Barton’s is easier to pop into since it’s right off the interstate (I-75).

Barnes & Noble
1932 Pavilion Way, Lexington, KY 40509
Open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday- Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 10am-9pm

What I love about them: I have to admit, I don’t frequent B&N that often, and I don’t have much reason why. But, I’ll say that you can find some great deals here, and they have a Starbucks!

Poor Richard’s Bookstore
233 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601
Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12:30-5pm

What I love about them: TBD!

Robie Books
307 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40403
Open Tuesday-Wednesday 12-6pm, Thursday- Friday 10am-7pm, Sunday 12-6pm

What I love about them: The owners are a sweet couple with a vast selection of used books at low prices. With a laid back, cozy vibe, this shop could have you perusing for hours!

Louisville Area

Carmichael’s Bookstore
1295 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
Open Sunday-Monday 8am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm
2720 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Open Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-5pm

What I love about them: The locally owned shop has a great selection of new books and gifts.

994 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, KY 40207
Open Monday- Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm
757 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy #228, Clarksville, IN 47129
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 12-6pm

What I love about them: If Barnes & Noble has a love child with Half Price Books, it would be Books-a-Million. It’s a chain of stores that has a wide selection of new books and gifts, but they also buy used books and resell them in store. Their coffee shop, Joe Muggs, is also a nice touch!

Nanny Goat Books
218 S Clay St, Louisville, KY 40202
Open Wednesday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

What I love about them: Though they are new face on the NuLu scene, this downtown Louisville shop is already making great waves! The first time in the shop, I met the owner’s (Sarah) mother (@thebookstoremom) and not only was she a total sweetheart, but she told me about her daughter’s future plans for the converted church- which include supporting local authors and publishers, building up an LGBTQ selection, and hosting bookish events in their upstairs event space.

Cincinnati Area

Roebling Point Books & Coffee
306 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011
Open Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday- Sunday 8am-6pm

What I love about them: TBD!

Smith & Hannon Bookstore
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

What I love about them: This bookstore lies within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and offers countless resources on African American literature. Pro-tip: Admission to the museum isn’t required to visit!

The Booksellers on Fountain Square
505 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday- Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

What I love about them: TBD!

Library Friends’ Shop
800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm

What I love about them: TBD!

Ohio Book Store
726 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday-Friday 9am-4:45pm, Saturday 9am-4:30pm

What I love about them: THERE ARE FIVE FLOORS OF BOOKS. Enough said. In all seriousness though, they have also have a book binding and repair shop for restoring old or broken bindings, and TBD!

Iris Book Cafe
1331 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-7pm

What I love about them: A one of a kind hipster cafe that sells used books, serves all natural and vegan options, and displays local art. They also have a patio!

Duttenhofer’s Books
214 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Open Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

What I love about them: Glorious vintage books. TBD!

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Rookwood Commons & Pavilion
2692 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Open Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm, Sunday 9am-8pm
Crestview Hills
2785 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

What I love about them: All the same reasons as for why I love the original Lexington store! The layouts may be different, but they offer similarly great selections of books. Pro Tip: Out of the three JBB’s listed here, the Rookwood JBB had the most high-profile author signings, so keep an eye out on theirs (or mine!) event pages! Bonus Pro Tip: Of these two locations, Rookwood has a Brontë’s, and Crestview does not.



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