The Open Book
110 South Pleasant Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
The Open Book is the largest and oldest independent bookstore in South Carolina. And for this pilgrim it was a great big oasis! This store had food, coffee, free wi-fi, and friendly staff. It’s family owned and operated and has been for thirty years.
They carry new and used titles here and have a very large children’s section. Their customers have supported them for a long time, and those customers who grew up visiting the store now bring their own children.
A lot of southern authors, especially from the Carolinas, make it a must-visit while on tour as Open Book has a strong sections on the region and regional authors.
As is the case with most stores, they work a lot of trade shows and school fairs, and the cafe is actually sublet to a different owner, allowing Open Books to keep their focus on books.
One final thing — they have a room set aside for community usage. Whether it’s writing workshops or community clubs, The Open Book really is an oasis for Greenville, SC.