Best Stationery and Book Stores

By: Katie Goncalves | September 22, 2023
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Living in a digital world forces us to spend a lot of time interacting with screens. But there’s something so incredibly comforting about feeling paper between your fingers. Holding a book and turning the pages is a far different experience from tapping away on an e-reader. Receiving a thank you card in the mail brings far more joy than opening an email. That’s why stationery and book stores need our support now more than ever. The next time you’re looking for a new book to read or need to send a card in the mail, check out one of these local stationery and book stores in Metro Detroit. You might even end up leaving with more than you thought you needed. 


10345 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck

Book Suey is a bookstore cooperative in Hamtramck that specializes in books and events. Melissa Walsh, Member-Owner of Book Suey, says, “Our tagline is ‘Community for Book Enthusiasts,’ which sums up who we are. We love books and enjoy offering a space for community to those who also love books. Book Suey is a bookstore cooperative of 12 member-owners. We share responsibility in store operations, such as managing inventory, keeping the space clean and tidy, and helping visitors find books on our shelves or by special order. We also host author events, book clubs, and writing workshops. We’re living out the dream of owning a bookstore. I enjoy chatting with the book lovers who come in to browse and shop, or just hang out. And as a former Hamtramck resident, reconnecting with this culturally diverse and vibrant community means a lot to me.”

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4240 Cass Ave, Unit 105, Detroit

Source Booksellers is an independently black-owned bookstore in the Midtown district. They sell a unique variety of non-fiction books including history, culture, health and well-being, and books by and about women. They also offer a wonderful selection of gifts such as chocolates, world maps, oils and incense, and snacks. Be sure to look at their events page for book talks and family-friendly events.


901 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit

22524 Woodward Ave, Ferndale 

John K. King Books is well known in the Detroit area for used and rare books. The downtown location on West Lafayette is four stories completely filled with books from top to bottom. Wandering the shelves is a book lover’s dream come true as you find so many unique items. If you’re looking for rare and collectible books, be sure to check out the Rare Book Room to find some hidden treasures.   


19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit

Pages Bookshop offers a variety of carefully selected literary fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature in their comfortable shop. In addition to a high-quality selection of books, they also offer events such as author readings, educational talks, and book clubs. 


2857 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit

219 South Main St, Ann Arbor

Vault of Midnight is a comic book store that offers tons of different comics as well as gifts and games. This is the perfect place to come find unique items for yourself or your loved ones who can’t get enough of comics and all the extra fun things that go along with them. They also host author signings, game nights, and a book club. 


115 West Maple Rd, Birmingham

196 North Adams Rd, Rochester Hills

Paper Source is a premier paperie specializing in personalized stationery and invitations. They also offer a large variety of cards and gifts for every occasion. You can find just about everything at Paper Source from candles to thank you cards, planners and calendars to beauty and wellness supplies.