Located at 549 Wellington Square in Exton Pennsylvania, the Wellington Square Bookshop contains within its walls books for every taste imaginable. Right from your first step in the door a cozy atmosphere welcomes you bringing to mind bookstores of old.
With its smell of wood coming from the carefully carved shelves and its wheelie ladders placed around the store reaching up to the higher shelves it brought to mind a bookstore found in fairy tales. A place where some magical secret lies hidden in the stacks.
Books rare, new, and more…
There is a well stocked children’s and teens’ section off to the right as you walk in the front door where some of the newest releases are dispersed with old favorites.
Following the signs to the back of the store you find the adult book section broken up into more categories than you can imagine. The books are broken up into sections reminiscent of an old library even having numbers next to the section title. 920’s are Biography for example. There is also Drama, Poetry, History, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, and many more categories to explore and browse.
Even more interesting are this bookstore’s special secrets. They specialize in rare books and signed first editions. A glass case greets you as you walk through the door showcasing some of the oldest books in their collection some of which date back to the early 1900’s.
Signed first edition books can be found throughout the store. Along with the rare and new a browser can come across many older titles that may be a bit harder to find in other bookstores.
Aside from the great selection of books the Wellington Square Bookshop also houses many decorative items and unique gifts any book lover would adore. Numerous wooden and marble bookends crafted into many fantastic shapes line the store. I’ve personally got my eye on a pair of marble book ends shaped like unicorns, but there are so many it’s hard to decide!
If all this wasn’t enough they also have a very modern cafe where you can get any number of tea and coffee drinks along with a huge selection of delectable sweets that would make anyone give up their plans for a diet!
This bookstore was started in 2006, and in 2014 was named the winner of the Philly Hot List for best bookstore in the Philadelphia Area. It has become a great place to shop, snack, and talk books with fellow book lovers in the community.
Their staff are friendly and helpful and clearly brim with excitement over books. They are there to help you find what you’re looking for among the stacks if you know, and are more than willing to make recommendations if you just can’t figure out the right book to get.
Book Clubs and Other Fun Things
The bookshop supports many on going activities and clubs. I can personally say that their adult book club is enjoyable and really makes you think outside your proverbial box and read things you would honestly probably pass over.
It really can be a laugh riot when you get going, and there are always plenty of treats on hand! Not only that but authors have been known to drop by the book club and discuss with us the book we just read and they wrote. After reading the Unremarried Widow, the author Artis Henderson popped into book club via Skype. How many book clubs do that?
Wellington also has a young adult book club for teens, as well as writing groups, author signings, and numerous other special events for adults and children.
If you’re lucky you might even stop by on a day when new ARC’s (Avid Reader Copies) come in. These are books that have not been officially released in stores yet by the publisher, and are given to certain places in advance. Since these books are not officially for sale yet you can get them for free! If you get lucky you just might find something.
So if you are in the area stop in and have a look around, and if you’re just passing through stop in anyway. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Once you come in you’ll never be able to get enough.
At Wellington Square Bookshop you come for the glorious selection of rare, used, and new books and stay for the friendly cozy atmosphere and helpful and enthusiastic staff. Not to mention the goodies at the cafe!
If you’d like to learn more about Wellington Square Bookshop check out their website: