In the wake of Borders closing up to 275 stores, Carmichael’s Bookstore proves that Louisville still appreciates local businesses. With Nook and Kindle sales on the rise, it’s hard to know what the future holds for tangible paperback and hardcover books.
Yet, little replaces the sophisticated act of strolling through a maze of eye-catching publications while sipping a Chai latte in an airy Carmichael’s bookstore. Here, we list 6 reasons why we love them.
6 Reasons to Love Carmichael’s, Louisville’s Bookstore:
Carmichael’s has two locations; On Bardstown Road in the Highlands Area and Frankford Avenue in Crescent Hill. The Bardstown location connects to Heine Brothers Coffee, and you can peruse the rows of books with your drink of choice without cat-like glares from an underpaid employee in a polo shirt.
Next door is Ramsi’s Cafe on the World (I recommend the Chicken Fajita Pita) and many restaurants, shops, and bars within close walking distance. The Crescent Hill location is across the street from Fat Jimmy’s Pizza and next to Porcini’s.
2) Unique Selection of Hard to Find Titles
Carmichael’s is known for their access to unique and hard to find books. However, they are not limited to books alone; they have a fun selection of witty magnets and stationary too!
3) Friendly Staff with Super-Hero-Like Book Knowledge
Carmichael’s have been in business for almost 33 years. The staff reflects the interests of seeing their business thrive, and it shows in their pleasant customer service and vast (and almost suspicious) knowledge in abounding numbers of reading material.
4) Historical and Trendy Atmosphere
Who would not feel like an intellectual trendie while browsing novels and periodicals inside a historical framework built almost a century ago? Both locations rest on busy corners and are pleasant, open, and poised for trendie people-watching.
5) Events Schedule and Book Clubs Galore!
Sign up at http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com to receive updates on their many events. There is also a drop down menu on the home page to select information about 14 different book clubs to join. Not too shabby.
6) Vast Collections from Local Authors
Carmichael’s prize themselves on promoting local authors. There is a variety of material to choose from, and they consistently have author appearances and book signing events.
Carmichael’s will always be an important Louisville icon. Their history, a family tradition now passed to the next generation, is timeless to the citizens that dwell within it; a statement to everyone that small businesses are the anomalous contribution to the thumbprint of Louisville.