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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Massachusetts

The best list of independent Massachusetts bookstores


The Silver Unicorn Bookstore is a new independent bookstore for people of all ages in West Acton, MA.

  • City Title Amherst
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  • Address 1 8 Main St.
  • Phone (413) 256-1547
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers

An independent bookstore carrying literature, philosophy, poetry, children’s, science, history, games, totes, and literary curios. Large collection of small press books, journals, and magazines. We also carry textbooks for Amherst and Hampshire Colleges, and host author events for the community.

  • Address 1 125 W. Bay Rd.
  • Phone (413) 559-6300
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

We buy and sell used books at our two locations in Brooklyn, NY and Amherst, MA.

The Andover Bookstore, founded in 1809, is the second-oldest bookstore in the country. As the center of Andover's cultural community, it serves as a gathering place for storytelling, author events, book groups, and much more. Come on in to get expert recommendations from our knowledgeable staff, and browse to your heart's content.

  • City Title Belmont
  • Address 1 79 Leonard St.
  • Phone (617) 932-1496
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

4,000+ square feet of booklovers’ paradise plus a coffee shop in Belmont Center.

  • City Title Beverly
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  • Address 1 272 Cabot St
  • Phone (978) 969-3460
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Copper Dog Books is a general interest bookstore carrying books, gift items, and greeting cards.

The Book Shop of Beverly Farms has been a cozy neighborhood gathering place for book lovers since 1968. Stop by to share the latest book news and become part of a long North Shore tradition.

One of America's oldest and largest antiquarian and used bookstores. We have over 150,000 used, rare and out of print books in all subjects.

Open daily, we offer 40,000+ select titles, from medieval manuscript leaves to recent mysteries.

The Lucy Parsons Center, located in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, is an all-volunteer, nonprofit collectively run radical, independent bookstore and community center, providing reading material, space for individuals to drop in, and a free meeting and event space.

More Than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. More Than Words has two locations: one in Boston and one in Waltham.

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  • Address 1 60 South St.
  • Phone (617) 522-3404
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Feminist, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Papercuts J.P. is an award-winning independent bookstore located in the vibrant Jamaica Plain. Papercuts is small and cozy, and expertly curated with a diverse array of literary events.

  • Address 1 127-129 Newbury St.
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts
  • Address 1 102 Waltham St.
  • Phone (617) 423-7847
  • Sidelines Café/Food

A demonstration kitchen and cookbook store, Stir offers classes on cooking, wine, and spirits weekly and features over 300 domestic and international titles on cuisine, pastry, wine, spirits, travel, and food writing.

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  • Address 1 338 Newbury St.
  • Phone (617) 267-8688
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Trident Booksellers & Cafe was opened in the fall of 1984 by Bernie and Gail Flynn. The initially small cafe has grown into a restaurant with a full menu, specializing in breakfast/brunch foods. Now twenty 25 later, "the Trident", is still alive and continually evolving, with a new second floor, we have more books, more tables, and a second bar with beer and wine on tap. With Boston's Best Free WiFi, an award-winning magazine selection, and new and discount books, "the Trident" is the perfect place to host a book group, spend an afternoon, an evening, or a day.

We are a small neighborhood store with local charm. Not only do we sell books, but we sell an assortment of other knick-knacks, such as toys, cards, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, and more! We are open all year round!

Brookline's premier independent bookstore & more since 1961. In the heart of Coolidge Corner.

The Children's Book Shop has the largest selection of children's books in the Boston area, including everything from board books and young adult titles to nonfiction and multicultural books. We hope you'll shop with us soon!

Over 100,000 new and gently used books, DVDs, CDs, toys, and more in two locations.

The oldest all-poetry bookstore in the nation. We host regular poetry readings.

Porter Square Books is a fiercely independent new, general bookstore in Cambridge, MA.

  • City Title Centerville
  • Address 1 1600 Falmouth Rd.
  • Phone (508) 771-9100
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

We are a small independent bookstore in Centerville. We have a large assortment of books on Cape Cod and maritime history, bestsellers and childrens' books, and specialize in supporting our many wonderful local authors, including children's authors.

Premium knitting products plus quality new and used books. The result: the perfect place to shop, to knit, to relax.

Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore is a mother-daughter bookstore located in a two-story "antique" barn with a working fireplace and outdoor deck seating, a great place for the whole family to visit!

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  • Address 1 501 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 945-0144
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Cohasset
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  • Address 1 747 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy. (Rte. 3A)
  • Phone (781) 383-2665
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

An independent book and toy store rooted in the community since 1989.

  • City Title Concord
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  • Address 1 65 Main St.
  • Phone (978) 369-2405
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Established 1940, a full-service independent bookstore in historic Concord Center, offering a wide spectrum of books and engaging author events fueled by community spirit.

Located in the town of Cotuit on scenic Cape Cod, Isaiah Thomas Books is a general used and rare bookshop offering readers 70,000 books in all fields, including art, architecture, photography, first editions, and minitature books.

Founded by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, The Blue Bunny offers quality children's toys, books, storytimes and events, and a newly added cafe. 

  • City Title East Sandwich
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  • Address 1 432 Route 6A
  • Phone (508) 888-2331
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Titcomb's Bookshop is a browser's delight offering three floors filled to the brim with used and rare books; new books and bestsellers for all ages; creative toys and puzzles; beautiful cards and gifts. This family owned bookstore was founded in 1969. The store has hosted numerous authors, including Richard Russo, Wally Lamb, Mary Oliver, Jodi Picoult, Henry Winkler and many more. It was selected by the International Bookselling Federation as one of 50 of the World's Unique Bookstores.

  • City Title Easthampton
  • Address 1 86 Cottage St.
  • Phone (413) 203-1717
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Edgartown
  • Address 1 44 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 627-8463
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

Martha's Vineyard independent bookstore renowned for customer service. Browse two floors of books and relax in comfortable reading areas, gardens, and our coffeeshop.

  • City Title Falmouth
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  • Address 1 189 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 548-5548
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Eight Cousins presents a distinctive collection of quality books, chosen to offer culture, fun, beauty, insight and knowledge on many topics from the world over. Carefully selected programs, music, toys, and books for adults extend the children's books that are the historic core of our collection. We strive to create an atmosphere of friendly, honest, knowledgeable service for our customers in a clean, attractive, convenient place of business where we regularly host events. We firmly believe that children, reading and imagination are fundamental elements of a healthy community. There are now nearly 20,000 titles in our stock list, of which around 12,000 are in the store on any given day. We are glad to special order any book in print.

Bookends is a quaint and comfortable browsing shop in the center of Florence, a section of Northampton, MA. We are well-stocked with a mix of the inexpensive and the obscure on two floors, including secondhand books, movies, and music.

We’re an independent community bookstore + creativity space for young people of all ages in awesome downtown Florence, MA.

  • City Title Great Barrington
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  • Address 1 63 State Rd.
  • Phone (413) 645-3256
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Exceptional independent bookstore serving the Berkshires and beyond since 1974. Visit our website to stay up to date on upcoming author events, storytimes, and more.

Roundabout Books is an independent discount bookstore in Greenfield, Massachusetts. We operate both as an online store and as a neighborhood bookshop. We aim to offer our customers a diverse inventory of fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature at prices that match or beat our lowest internet competitors. Our warehouse-shop is a friendly and helpful place, and we would love to have you stop by. Margaret and Raymond are happy to talk with you about books or just to share our reading space at any time.

  • Address 1 134 Main St.
  • Phone (413) 772-2186
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

World Eye Bookshop opened over 40 years ago, and even though we've had several locations, we're still Greenfield's only independent new bookshop. In addition to our wide selection of books and gifts, we offer great customer services including out of print book searches and free gift wrapping all year long! We hope you'll make World Eye YOUR bookshop!

Grey Matter Books is a used bookstore in Hadley, MA. We have around 40,000 good, reasonably priced books.

  • City Title Hanover
  • Address 1 775 Washington St. #2
  • Phone (781) 826-6060
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Independent bookstore for independent minds! We carry children's books and related toys, games and puzzles, teen and YA, and now carry adult bestsellers! We also host author events, book clubs, and more.

  • City Title Holliston
  • Address 1 400 Washington St. Ste. 200
  • Phone (508) 429-2031
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Aesop's Fable is an independent bookshop with a focus on inspiring creativity and growth in minds of all ages. We have a thoughtfully curated selection of diverse books and pride ourselves on promoting local authors.

  • City Title Lenox
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  • Address 1 11 Housatonic St.
  • Phone (413) 637-3390
  • Specialty General Interest

Recently chosen by Expedia as one of 20 Must See Literary Destinations Around the World, Lenox Bookstore has been serving the community for over thirty years. In addition to providing books to the community, we also host regular author events.

  • City Title Marlborough
  • Address 1 109 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 603-2022
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Marshfield
  • Address 1 1831 Ocean St.
  • Phone (781) 834-5696
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

We have an enormous selection of books, including new releases, covering a vast array of topics, both fiction and nonfiction, with a special section just for children. We gladly accept book donations, and thank our generous and supportive donators, both past and present.

  • City Title Mashpee
  • Address 1 31 Market St.
  • Phone (508) 539-6985
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • City Title Medfield
  • Address 1 504 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 242-3083
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Toys/Games

New England's largest children's bookstore. We have nothing electronic or downloadable in the entire store. We carry lots of educational toys, games, art supplies, and curiosities in stock. Our prices are competitive, often lower than those online or at big box stores. We also house the Pottery Place, where you can drop in to paint anytime you like with no studio fees. The Pottery Place is also a great place to have your birthday party or friend’s night out.

  • City Title Methuen
  • Address 1 386 Merrimack Street #1A
  • Phone (978) 474-8010
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age

Metaphysical book and retail store offering workshops, regular groups, special events, and psychic readings.

Over 100,000 new and gently used books, DVDs, CDs, toys, and more! Find us in two Massachusetts locatons: Burlington and Middleton.

Books you don't need in a place you can't find.

Mitchell's Book Corner is a full service, independent book store on Nantucket Island, MA.

Nantucket Bookworks is the island's funky little shop packed with great books, toys, gifts, cards, and local music. We even have eBooks on our website.

  • City Title New Bedford
  • Address 1 209 Union St.
  • Phone (774) 202-0649
  • Specialty Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards

An independent bookstore with a focus on local, New Bedford history and nautical books

The Jabberwocky Bookshop is a full-service independent bookstore located in a refurbished tannery mill building in the heart of Newburyport.

  • City Title Newton
  • Address 1 10 Langley Rd., Newton Centre
  • Phone (617) 244-6619
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Newtonville Books is a full-service independent bookstore in Newton, Massachusetts selling children's and adult books. We have a vibrant author events series, bookclubs, writing workshops, and membership programs.

  • City Title Northampton
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  • Address 1 150 Main St, Thornes Marketplace
  • Phone (413) 585-9955
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

A small bookstore with a loud voice. Hosting book signings, talks, and more.

At Broadside, we're dedicated to good books, personal service, and close community. Join us for author events and signings.
  • Address 1 21 Market St.
  • Phone (413) 586-5596
  • Specialty General Interest

Since 1993, 20 years of selling the best scholarly, antiquarian and hard to find books in the Valley.

  • Address 1 32 Masonic St. Ste. B
  • Phone (413) 586-0576
  • Specialty General Interest

An independent, community-minded bookstore serving Orleans and the Outer Cape.

  • City Title Plainville
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  • Address 1 111 South St
  • Phone (508) 699-0244
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

An independent bookstore and cafe in Plainville, MA. Be sure to visit for books, specialty gifts, coffee, treats & much more!

  • City Title Provincetown
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  • Address 1 389 Commercial St.
  • Phone (508) 413-9059
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

A full service bookstore in beautiful Provincetown on the East End. A lovingly curated collection of books in print, e-books, and really cool magazines.

  • Address 1 246 Commercial St.
  • Phone (508) 487-0964
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts

Provincetown's oldest bookstore, located in the center of town. Bestsellers, a huge fiction selection, cookbooks, bigraphies, kid's books, lots of local authors, an extensive Cape Cod section, beach reads, classics, t-shirts, totes, and much more.

Feminist/lesbian book and gift shop. EST. 1976 at the tip of Cape Cod. Carrying hand-crafted, ethical, socially conscious work of over 90 female artisans.

  • City Title Reading
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  • Address 1 610 Main St.
  • Phone (781) 779-1833
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Family-owned, independent neighborhood bookstore. Join us for book clubs, story times, book signings, author events, and community events.

Boston's Largest Selection of African American authors.

  • City Title Salem
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  • Address 1 215 Essex St.
  • Phone (978) 594-1938
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

The Salem, MA indie bookstore. New and used books, literary gifts, and toys.

  • City Title Shelburne Falls
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  • Address 1 10 Bridge St.
  • Phone (413) 625-9362
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Located in the picturesque village of Shelburne Falls, Boswell's Books offers the best of nationally-known and local new and used books for children and adults, area guidebooks, select work of local artists & artisans, cards, gifts, games, puzzles and novelties. Come meet Boswell the Cat, browse, and enjoy a good book, a comfy chair, and a warm and welcoming ambience.

Shelburne Falls Booksellers offers a unique array of books, from common to rare, along with a variety of related materials. Items are selected to appeal to a wide variety of booklovers, from those seeking a good used copy of a Pulitzer Prize winning novel to a scarce signed limited edition or a matted and framed 19th century hand colored print. The bookshop's owners are committed to providing an orderly, warm and inviting bookshop.

  • City Title South Deerfield
  • Address 1 7 Sugarloaf St.
  • Phone (413) 665-0066
  • City Title South Easton
  • Address 1 619 Washington St.
  • Phone (508) 238-3034
  • Specialty Children's, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Paperback Junction is a general bookstore offering special orders daily, and specializes in children's books, as well as hardcover bestsellers. Located in South Easton, MA, we have been in business 33 years.

Odyssey Bookshop is the major literary hub of western MA, hosting over 125 events per year and the premier signed First Editions Club. We want to help create and support communities of readers both online and in our shop.

  • City Title Southampton
  • Address 1 225 College Hwy
  • Phone (413) 527-6200
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Our book shop has a wide variety of books from varying genres and prices ranging from $1 to rare books over $100. We also carry a large variety of ephemera. Located in the former Edwards Library in Southampton, MA, our quaint and cozy location is easy to find and parking is available on site. Can't make it during our regular hours? Call us to arrange for an appointment during the week. 

  • City Title Springfield
  • Address 1 97 Hancock St.
  • Phone (413) 737-6400
  • Type New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Address 1 797 Page Blvd.
  • Phone (413) 732-2213
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Stoneham
  • Address 1 311 Main St.
  • Phone (781) 438-0077
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

We are an independently-owned general interest bookstore celebrating 10+ years of offering great reads to our community. We have over 30,000 titles in all genres, hand-made gifts, and so much more.

Bearly Read Books has been in business for over 30 years. We have a wide range of subjects including military history, first edition children's and illustrated classics, modern first editions, leather bound sets. We are open 6 days a week, closed Mondays. We have 40,000 books in stock.

  • City Title Sutton
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  • Address 1 145 Armsby Rd
  • Phone (508) 841-5437
  • Specialty Children's, Educational, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Enchanted Passage is a children’s bookstore with a curated list of books for infants through young adults. But it is so much more, offering thematic activities and parties frequented by fairies, mermaids and dragons, author and special guest events, creative workshops and educational programs for kids and adults all focused on fostering a love of literacy, stimulating imagination, and inspiring creativity in every child (and adult) who enters the door.

  • City Title Taunton
  • Address 1 330 Winthrop St.
  • Phone (508) 822-3074
  • Specialty General Interest

Readmore is a great little hole in the wall bookstore right on Rt. 44 in Taunton, Mass. We have a wide variety of many books from young adult/children's books to best selling authors and everything in between.

Independent bookstore on Main St Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard.Visit our website for our schedule of events.

More Than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. More Than Words has 2 locations, one in Boston and one in Waltham.

  • City Title Webster
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  • Address 1 72 E. Main St.
  • Phone (508) 949-6232
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Your friendly neighborhood bookstore, gift shop & coffeehouse! We carry thousands of new and gently used books of all kinds including best sellers, current fiction, memoirs, cookbooks, health, spirituality, self-help, graphic novels, comic books, young adult & more. Special orders are welcome. Relax and browse with a nice cup of hot or iced gourmet coffee, cappuccino, chai and a homemade pastry. Gift items include unique cards, journals, bookmarks, handmade jewelry & pottery, local honey & chocolates. New items arriving daily! Monthly displays of local artwork, author events and book discussion & writers groups meet here.

  • City Title Wellesley
  • Address 1 82 Central St.
  • Phone (781) 431-1160
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

We are a locally-owned, independent bookstore, known for our helpful staff, outstanding children's department, and unique selection of gifts for all ages.

  • City Title Wellfleet
  • Address 1 140 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 349-1323
  • Specialty General Interest

Quality used books in a village setting. General stock of used books in a great variety of subjects. Attentive staff to help you. This shop is a reflection of Cape Cod--just right for serendipitous browsing.

Book shop with 100,000 books. Used, rare, and out of print titles available.

I Cannot Live Without Books is an independent bookstore located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We carry a large inventory of both new and gently read books. Our concentration is in history, military history (especially World War II and the American Civil War), and biographies. We also have a good selection of other genres, including mysteries, general fiction, true crime, sports, and music.

  • City Title Westborough
  • Address 1 18 Lyman St.
  • Phone (508) 366-4959
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
Tatnuck Bookseller Gift Gallery & Cafe is the largest independent bookstore in New England. At 35,000 square feet, this spacious facility contains a dedicated event room for author and literacy events.
  • City Title Westfield
  • Address 1 2 Main St.
  • Phone (413) 356-3912
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

We are Westfield's local, independent bookshop! We offer new and pre-owned books with special orders happily filled; we host author appearances and monthly book discussions; and we proudly work with local authors and artisans. Join our monthly book club meetings or we'll be happy to provide a free space for your group to meet.  Check our website for our hours.

  • City Title Westport
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  • Address 1 865 Main Rd.
  • Phone (508) 636-2572
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Gifts

We have been welcoming friends since 1979. Come and visit one of South Coast's favorite destinations. No matter what you're expecting you'll find something to surprise you!

Independently owned and operated in Winchester, MA since 1984.

  • City Title Worcester
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  • Address 1 65 James St Ste 2
  • Phone (508) 796-5613
  • Specialty Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

We are your friendly neighborhood bookstore, stocking new and pre-read books, as well as toys, gifts, magazines, greeting cards, audio titles, and much more! We welcome special orders and we will happily take want lists.

  • Address 1 138 Green St. Ste. 1
  • Phone (508) 459-1400
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts

Used books, from the academic to esoteric. Unique curiosities. Organic juices and smoothies. Author events, readings, and community gathering spot.

Root and Press is an independent bookstore with an in-house cafe. As a smaller outlet, we focus our book selections (non-fiction and limited fiction) on issues of the moment and area. Our retail selections feature some of the finest works of local artisans. Finally, our coffee is locally roasted and ground in-house while our food selections are locally sourced.


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