Best Of 2019

Best Multi-level Used Bookstore: Ohio Book Store

We see fewer and fewer bookstores — independent and chain — every year and, when a new one does open, it’s likely going to offer a limited selection that occupies little space. Ohio Book Store is like a mecca for bibliophiles, spanning five floors of retail space. It’s easy to get lost among the racks of classic literature and secondhand non-fiction, but if you’re looking for something in particular, you can expect thoughtful and informed guidance from the staff. Walking in, it’d be easy to mistake the first floor as the entire shop since books are on display from floor to ceiling, but the stairs to the basement are your first hint that there’s more than meets the eye. After a little navigation, you’ll find the way leading up three flights of stairs, where it becomes apparent that this bookstore has a massive inventory. Also, keep Ohio Book Store in mind if you ever need to repair a favored book’s binding, a task they’re famous for. This is an essential destination for tourists and deserves all the business our city can offer. Ohio Book Store, 726 Main St., Downtown, ohiobookstore.net.