For that personal touch and some local flair, independently owned bookstores simply can’t be beat. Last year we brought you the most community-centered bookstores. If you loved those, you’ll love these local bookstores equally as much.
Old Tampa Book Company
507 N. Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 209-2151
www.oldtampabookcompany.comThe charming Old Tampa Book Company has been serving Bay-area book lovers for over 18 years. Inside these walls, you can find over 40,000 used, rare or out-of-print books. You can spend years combing through this extensive collection and never quite reach the end. But you just may find a precious gem that you didn’t even know you were looking for. If you have some rare or out-of-print books of your own you’d like to sell, you can make an appointment to see the owners, who will take a look at your collection.

Small Adventures Bookshop
3107 Beach Blvd S.
Gulfport, FL 33707
(727) 347-8732
www.smalladventuresbookshop.comThis “funky, cozy cottage book store” is piled high with used paperbacks from wall to wall. No genre is left out – the eclectic reader can find titles in mystery, romance, humor, non-fiction and much more. You can even read your new-to-you book with the shop’s cat, Emily Dickinson, curled up on your lap for a snooze.

Book Bank USA
13002 Seminole Blvd., Suite 8-9
Largo, FL 33778
(727) 588-0474
www.bookbankusa.comBook Bank USA has been in operation since 1992 and has a selection of over 40,000 titles. The selection includes new books, used books and audiobooks of all genres. And if you can’t find the book you’re searching for, it can be ordered and shipped to the store within three to five days. If you have some gently loved books that need a new home, you can trade ’em in for another used title. Book Bank USA provides a variety of reading groups and book clubs as well, and you’re even invited to start your own if you don’t find one you like.

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Tampa Christian Supply, Inc.
2908 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 879-6770
www.tampachristian.comTampa Christian Supply is not only books — the store also provides gifts, music, homeschool materials and videos for purchase as well. The book selection includes Bible study materials, journals, spiritual growth books and even kids’ books. The store regularly runs sales of between 20 percent and 40 percent off their prices for selected titles. Books and Bibles are also available in Spanish.

Lighthouse Books, ABAA
1735 First Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 822-3278
www.oldfloridabookstore.comThis family-owned business has been serving book lovers for more than 35 years. It’s a general used bookstore that specializes in books of a scholarly nature such as Florida history, American history, military history and gardening. However, you can also find titles in children’s literature, agriculture, arts and crafts, sports, philosophy, literature and much more. Every March, Lighthouse Books participates in the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the largest book fair for rare and antique books in the Southern U.S. Dealers bring in all kinds of hard-to-find books, so you never know what might pop up at this event.

Haslam’s Book Store
2025 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 822-8616
www.haslams.comHaslam’s is a Pinellas County staple in the realm of local readers. The store maintains close ties with the community and invites up to three popular authors to meet and mingle with fans each month. What makes Haslam’s even more intriguing is its selection of Glass Case books, which includes rare gems like first editions, limited editions, signed copies and other rare treasures. Everything in the Glass Case is for sale, but don’t be surprised to see some of these rare books priced up to $4,000!

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