.Earlier this week, Jackie and I took a disastrous trip into Center City Philadelphia. On a mission to explore a new-to-us bookstore in Olde City, every perceivable thing that could go wrong pretty much did (with the exception of the bookstore itself). We almost got in an accident on 76, couldn’t figure out how to pay for parking and almost got a ticket, and got stuck in so much traffic that we only had 10 minutes to actually peruse the store before it closed. We then got stuck in an epic rainstorm on the way back to the car with no umbrella or place to purchase one in sight. The circumstances for visiting Head House Books might have been less than ideal, but we had a fantastic evening anyway. The bookstore was a complete gem of a find and we can’t wait to go back and explore it some more! In the meantime, we thought we would share this adorable indie bookshop with all of you.
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We originally learned about Head House Books from author Jo Piazza. She mentioned in her Local Literati interview that it was her favorite bookstore in the area, so we decided to check it out. We fell in love with the store immediately. The first things we noticed were the hottest new titles just waiting to be picked up and read! I immediately grabbed and purchased Hey Ladies by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss. It’s a book I’ve heard a ton about over on Bookstagram.
Then we noticed how many of the books were displayed at an angle. When we commented on this unique display style, Ellie, a very helpful employee, mentioned that they display them that way so people can see the pretty covers more easily. We love that idea!
Next, we wandered over to the staff picks section. These employees have some great taste! Exit West, The Nest, Lilac Girls, A Man Called Ove, Commonwealth and The Interestings are just a few of our personal favorites on the shelf. Ellie recommended Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (on the bottom shelf) to Jackie. Neither of us had ever heard of it, but Jackie purchased it as soon as the word “circus” was mentioned.
With our purchases tucked under our arms, we explored a bit further into the store. We loved all the bookish goodies! They had bags, mugs, teas sets, magnets, pins and other tchotchkes for book lovers. I grabbed a few pins for my jean jacket. 😉
As we traveled further back into the store, we came across an adorable kids corner filled with incredible picture books, puzzles, and dolls. We didn’t have time to fully explore it, but it will be the first section I go to the next time we make it down.
Past the children’s section, there are more toy displays and some sofas and chairs for patrons to use as well as for in-store events. In fact, on the night we visited the local French club was getting ready to meet.
On our way back to the front, we pasted another section of gifts, games, and toys. There were so many special sticker books, activity books, drawing sets etc. that I didn’t have a lot of time to choose what I liked best. I would definitely recommend stopping in before going on a trip with little ones. There will be lots of trinkets and activities to stock up on.
I don’t know what took us so long to get down to Head House Books, but I’m already planning my return trip! For store hours and events, be sure to check out their website.