Andover Bookstore, Andover Philosophy: A spirited independent bookstore determined to foster a love for reading and provide a place for community.
What’s New: A new location! They’ve moved across the street to 74 Main Street. The new location is loaded with charm and includes ornate woodwork, leaded windows, a soaring ceiling, and a fireplace.
Standout Quality: They’re the second-oldest independent bookstore in the country! The Andover Bookstore was founded in 1809—the year Lincoln, Darwin, and Poe were born.
74 Main St., Andover, 978-475-0143, hugobookstores.com
Wicked Good Books, SalemPhilosophy: Independent bookstores are integral to the communities they serve. Indies can and should play the role of educating, inspiring, and engaging.
What’s New: Toys! Specifically, educational toys with the goal of creating a generation of lifelong learners.
Standout Quality: A hand-curated selection of titles with a strong emphasis on local history and local interest, in a friendly environment with knowledgeable staff.
Trend: Used books—thousands of them at bargain prices!
215 Essex St., on the Pedestrian Mall, Salem, 978-594-1938, wickedgoodbookstore.com