Horizon Books is a full service, independent bookstore in Traverse City, MI. Located on Front St. they are in a prime location right in the heart of the shopping district, next to the historic, restored State Theater and the Grand Traverse Pie Co. Horizon has a long history in the area, having been in various different locations over the years, and have long been an anchor in the vibrant downtown area. The store has a main level as well as a downstairs cafe and coffee bar and upper level for nonfiction. They also have a small coffee kiosk on the main floor. They have a nice fireplace as well, with tables to stack your books on and read. And with great hours (open until 11:00 every night), you can spend as long as you want there. They also have tables and chairs outside, and Horizon is a prime people watching location as they're right in the middle of the action on Front St.
Horizon has a regular schedule of author signings and events, and they participate in the National Writers Series which frequently brings authors to Traverse City. Horizon offers a variety of book clubs to join and a list can be found here.
Horizon is a family owned store and celebrated their 50 year anniversary a couple years ago. It's one of my favorite places in Traverse City and is just a great place to spend some time.
This is a neat time lapse photo montage of downtown Traverse City, it showcases both Horizon and the nearby State Theatre which is the home of the Traverse City Film Festival. You can see Horizon at the 3:37 mark, and the nighttime view at 3:50 is very cool. The video was taken in winter so it doesn't do justice to the beauty of the area in summertime, but its well worth checking out.