Monday, August 11, 2014
Bookstore Spotlight- Schuler Books
Schuler Books is an independent bookstore chain with location in Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI. They are very large and well stocked, with a selection every bit as good as a national chain. Schuler's is a lot like Barnes & Noble- they carry just about everything. I've been to two of their three locations and it's a very relaxing way to spend some time and explore books. They also have cafes in their stores, and a music section as well. They have a vert active author event schedule, and also host game groups and writers groups. This Spotlight will focus on the Grand Rapids store, although I'll talk a little bit about the Lansng location that I've been to as well.
Schuler's is a great place to spend some time if you're a booklover. Not only are they very well stocked, but the stores are large, the cafes are nice and they have a good childrens section. The cafe serves sandwiches, paninis as well as the usual assortment of snacks, coffee, Italian sodas and all that. The cafe in Grand Rapids is nice and comfortable, with a fireplace- much nicer than my local B & N.
Here's a link to the cafe menu. Soups, quiches... good stuff. Schuler's also has an extensive used book section, and even print on demand with the Espresso Book Machine(you can read all about it here). Book club members get 20% off the club selection, and the have a great variety of author events and monthly get togethers, including Italian and Japanese conversation group meetings.
I've only been in one of the Lansing locations- at Meridian Mall, but it is nice as well. I've been to an author signing there, they have a nice little author nook. Both of the stores I've been to are very inviting and a great place to spend part of your day.
Schuler Books is locally owned, and although they recently closed two locations in Grand Rapids, they also recently acquired Nicola's Books, a well known bookstore in Ann Arbor.