Horizon Books is an independent bookstore in Traverse City, MI. They are in a prime location on Front St., right in the heart of the shopping district, next to the historic State Theater and the Grand Traverse Pie Co. Horizon has been around forever and have long been an anchor in the vibrant downtown area. The store has a main level as well as a downstairs cafe 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. There's a few other indie bookstores in the area, and they're all great, but Horizon is always my first stop when I want a book on vacation. Here's an author of a journaling book and you can see Horizon at the 2:57 mark as she goes inside to look for her book.
I've been going to Horizon for years, since I was a kid, as we always vacationed in the area. I remember some of their other locations, but they've been in this spot now for a long time, and they're definitely a fixture in the area. It's a great place to get out of the heat for a while in the summertime, and get a coffee and a book. People will hang out too in front of the store, talking or hanging out with their animals, and watch the foot traffic go by, as it's a big touristy area. Horizon is a bookish oasis amidst the bustle of Front St., and a great place for book lovers.