Why We Need Our Independent Bookstores

Here in the River Valley, sandwiched between the Ouachita Mountains to the south and Ozarks to the north, we have the luxury of two wonderful indie bookstores. They’re each unique! You won’t find another Bookish or Chapters on Main anywhere else on the planet.

Full disclosure: Both of these bookstores carry my trail guidebook, but I’d still love them if they didn’t!

Chapters on Main celebrated their third birthday May 6-11, so I’ll share a short photo tour of their store in this post. They’re only 15 minutes from my home and a favorite destination.

Stop in for a cup of coffee and good conversation. Need a book you don’t find on the shelves? They’ll order it for you and call when it arrives. Want to share great books? Join one of their book clubs. Want to write or meet writers? Chapters has you covered.

The front entrance across the street from the train depot draws you in and presents you with lots of options. I usually start in the back at the coffee bar. Nothing goes with books like a good cup of coffee or hot tea. I like the Kids Loft upstairs from the coffee bar but there are many places to sit and sip with a book.

Indie bookstores can become hubs for the community. The photo above shows a recent event that involved several book authors with local connections.  It was a great time of fellowship and sharing!

I was pleased to share Five Star Trails: The Ozarks with hiking enthusiasts and some of the excellent writers I met in Marla Cantrell’s Short Story Writing Workshop.

If you want to get lost in the books, head downstairs. I’ve found a few jewels hiding among the collections there!

A new back entrance provides a relaxing place to read and sip coffee. Plans are to open a room next door for public events and presentations.

It looks like there will be more wonderful chapters to come for this indie bookstore! To learn more about Chapters on Main, check out “Best Chapter Yet” by Marla Cantrell from Do South Magazine.

Jim Warnock
ozarkmountainhiker@gmail.com
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