Andover Bookstore, Andover
Standout Qualities: This bookshop is the second oldest continually operating bookstore in the United States, having been in operation since 1809.
What’s Unique: Chalk it up to 200-plus years of existence —this shop has a feel that is unlike any other. A must visit for any book lover.
Insider tip: Beside the fireplace is a wonderful spot to cozy up with a book on a winter afternoon.
Fun Fact: Many locals and visitors love the charm of this bookstore, and it very much serves as a communal living room for the town of Andover.
89R Main St., Andover, 978-475-0143, hugobookstores.com
Wicked Good Books, Salem
Philosophy: Wicked Good Books begins its fourth year this summer with the continuing philosophy that Salem should always have a bookstore.
What’s Unique: A carefully curated inventory and the goal of offering interesting titles, literary gifts, and imaginative toys and games for the inquisitive browser.
Fun Fact: Each year the store expands their selection of local books and local authors and sponsors dozens of book signings in the community.
215 Essex St., Salem, 978-594-1938, wickedgoodbookstore.com