I recently discovered a wonderful indie bookstore- Books and Mortar- in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids. I found it purely by accident as I drove by, and of course I stopped. What a discovery! It's a wonderful area with lots of trendy little restaurants and boutique shops. And you can't go wrong with an indie bookstore.
So when you walk in the store has wooden floors, tastefully curated book selections, and a nice childrens book section in the back. The store is unabashedly progressive and I really enjoyed that- I almost felt like I'd stepped into Ann Arbor. I made an impulse buy too- how can you discover a new indie store and not make a purchase?- I picked up the new book by Jeff VanderMeer and the bookseller (who I think is the owner) mentioned a spec fic book club they're organizing. As a book blogger, this was music to my ears.
The atmosphere in this little store is phenomenal, and some bookshops just reflect their surrounding area so well.