Word Nerd Gifts Fill the Shelves of Recommended Montgomery County Indy Bookstores

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Image via Narberth Bookshop at Facebook.
The stacks at Narberth Bookshop. The scent of paper and print almost transcends their online presentation.

Two Montgomery County indy bookstores have gotten a well-timed nod from The Philadelphia Inquirer reporters Nick Vadala and Michelle Myers.

The recommendations come as area shoppers may be hunting for meaningful and unique gifts for the literary types on their lists. Frequenting these non-chain suppliers can also be an appreciated boost to a small business during a period when many are still struggling in a post-pandemic, inflationary economy.

The first notable book nook is Narberth Bookshop (221 Haverford Ave.).

Its large collection of curated books is presently accessible to in-store browsers (with appropriate safety measures left to individual customers). But the shop also can fill email orders through USPS delivery to Bala Cynwyd, Merion, Wynnewood, Ardmore, and Narberth.

The collection is vast and eclectic, and if the shelves don’t have the desired volume, one can be special ordered.

True fans who devour the written word like Santa does cookies can also join a membership program with perks.

The Inquirer’s second Montco recommendation is the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park (7900 High School Rd.).

The stacks can be wandered in person, but masks are mandated inside.

Its inventory includes the usual categories: classic fiction, young adult fare, and children’s books. But its specialty is the work of Philaadelphia-area authors.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s complete list of notable indy bookstores in the region is online.

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