This Bookstores of the World post should have come out almost two years ago. Lucky for me though, waiting to write about Island Bookstore means that this post lines up with the store’s 40th anniversary!
From the store’s website:
“The Island Bookstore began as a small antiquarian store with a small retail space above Doud’s market 40 years ago.Today we have two locations, one on Mackinac Island and the other in Mackinaw City, serving the Straits of Mackinac area.”
Located on the automobile-less Mackinac Island, which lies between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Island Bookstore combines small-town charm with Michigan pride. The store specializes in books about the island and Michigan. You can find everything from straight-up history books to novels set on Mackinac Island.
Since Mackinac Island is a major tourist location for Michiganders and out-of-staters alike, Island Bookstore also carries souvenir items. You can find everything from handmade lilac soap to maps and stickers. I actually bought my M-185 sticker (the main road on the island) from Island Bookstore.
Kids will also be able to find something at the store. I recall being a child visiting the island with my parents and stopping by the store to pick up MadLibs, young adult novels set in Michigan, and various other items. Island Bookstore also carries puzzles and games if you’re looking for fun, educational non-book items.
If you cannot make it to Mackinac Island, the store has online shopping. You can even purchase one of my favorite Michigan children’s books — The Legend of Mackinac Island.
Shipping for online purchases occurs year round, but packages are only sent out weekly during off season (November-April). The store itself is open during tourism season for Mackinac Island — May to October.
Mackinac Island is one of my favorite places in Michigan and I have so many wonderful memories on the island. If you’ve ever thought there’s no reason for you to visit Michigan — think again! Mackinac Island, Detroit, Traverse City, Picture Rocks, Sault Ste. Marie and various other locations in the Great Lake State are worth a visit.