Monday, December 17, 2012

Say Something Good About Detroit: Shaw Books

Shaw Books is located about three miles from my house and I never knew of its existence until last week when I saw a flyer for a sale pinned on the vacant Borders store down the block.
Part of the reason is that Shaw's is only open on Saturdays and by appointment. And the name is not very visible from the street. Two thirds of the shop is in Detroit, one third in Grosse Pointe Park.

Shaw’s Books is a buyer and seller of collectible books and ephemera in most subject areas. The 2,000 square foot book shop is located at 14932 Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. The shop maintains an inventory of approximately 20,000 volumes. Although Shaw's is generalists relative to categories, they are especially strong in such areas as: Americana, Antiques & Collectibles, Art, Automotive, Aviation, Cookbooks, Decorative Arts, Fine Bindings, Golf, Great Lakes History, Illustrated, Literature, Maritime, Michigan History, Military, Performing Arts, and Sporting of all sorts. Sadly, not crime fiction. If you are interested in any of these categories, see below.

The business was established in 1983 by Hank Zuchowski and he is still proprietor.

It is a lovely collection of gorgeous books in congenial surroundings.

Did you ever run across a book store you didn't even know existed in your town. Amazing.
                                 Shaw´s Books
                               14932 Kercheval
                    Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
      Telephone: (313) 824-0816 or (313) 824-4932


George said...

Treasure Shaw Books for it is one of the few amazing bookstores still in existence. Western NY used to have a dozen such stores. We're down to a mere handful struggling to survive. No one around here is opening new independent or used bookstores.

Charles Gramlich said...

Intersting. only open by appointment and on Saturdays. Sounds like a labor of love.

pattinase (abbott) said...

You'd think that but it's a huge collection of terrific books. He must do a lot of online sales.

Ron Scheer said...

I'm envious of my friends in Missoula, Montana, where you can find a fine book store called Fact & Fiction. I put myself on their mailing list when I was there a year ago, though I knew I'd probably never be back. Maybe just to learn with every mailing that they're still in business.