When I wrote about The Moravian Book Shop I failed to mention something that's quite important: It's indiebound. For those of you who do not know what indiebound is or means... that's what I'm here for.
IndieBound is a great community that brings all walks of life together; book sellers, customers, indie business', and your local area. It's a way to support the local economy and people who live in your area. From what I understand, IndieBound shops that are listed aren't some corporate owned big name store. It's those little mom and pop shops, the hole-in-the-wall bookstores, all of that which makes these shops so special and unique.
Through the website you can get a listing of all the indiebound bookstores in your area. Just go to the search section (right side of the page, really hard to miss) and type in your location. I have to say, as someone who has only been living in this area of Pennsylvania for three years, it was exciting to discover that there were more bookstores to the area then I ever realized.
So celebrate and support local businesses and the next time you're interested in purchasing a book don't forget to check out your local indiebound bookstores. Not only are you supporting the store but the community and those who live there (including yourself!). You might just find your own hole-in-the-wall bookstores to fan over!