Cincinnati Rocks! (It’s a book town)

We were crazy enough to visit FOUR book shops in Cincinnati, Ohio today.   And now we are in Lexington, Kentucky where I have sampled two glasses of Kentucky bourbon after 10 hours of staring at thousands of book titles…so if this story veers off course, blame it on the bourbon!

Our first stop was Ohio Book Store at 726 Main Street.  We were delighted to meet Jim Fallon and his son, Mike who run the shop.

Ohio Book Store

Ohio Book Store - Cincinnati, OH

Jim Fallon, Proprietor of Ohio Book Shop, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

Ohio Book Shop, Inc., in business since 1940, has five floors of books.

Ron was excited to learn that they do custom book binding and repairs on the lower floor of the shop.  He had great fun talking with Mike about the tools of the trade…

Rolls of cloth and leather for bookbinding

The book binding workshop

Two guys talking book binding (Ron and Mike)

tools of the trade

After we had spent several hours looking at books (and book binding tools), Jim had the good sense to send us around the corner for a break at the oldest tavern in Cincinnati…where we had Bloody Mary’s and checked out the interesting history of the place.

Arnold's Bar and Grill, Cincinnati, OH

Simon Arnold opened this tavern in 1861

The courtyard...

some cozy booths

We went back to the Ohio Book Store, shopped til we dropped, and then got directions to Duttenhofer’s Books at 214 W. McMillan Street.

Duttenhofer's Books

Ron talking with Proprietor Kim Steinsick inside Duttenhofer's Books.

And a great photo of Kim's dog!

We picked up some lovely vintage decorated bindings and scarce old dust jackets in this intriguing book shop — a very nice store with lots of variety to please any bibliophile.  Thanks for the T-Shirt, Kim — I love it!!

Our next stop was

The Dust Jacket, 3200 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH

Phillip Metz tallying up our bill for Ron at The Dust Jacket -- it wasn't all that bad!

The Dust Jacket has been in business for many years and had some nice scarce titles of authors such as P. G. Wodehouse, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and more.  We had fun browsing in this shop and came away with some elusive titles and interesting books we simply stumbled upon there.

Our final book stop of the day was Significant Books, 3053 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH. They were having a 60% OFF sale as they are reducing their inventory and moving to an on-line store operation after having an open store for many years.

Significant Books, Cincinnati, OH

Carolyn Downing, Proprietor of Significant Books

Well, we had a grand time here — I mean…60% off!  And there were some very nice books.  We purchased two books signed by Eddie Rickenbacker  in dust jackets, a Cape Cod cook book signed by Peter Hunt, some lovely decorated bindings, bibliographies, books on book binding, and, and…somebody stop me!  They stayed open an hour past their closing time for us.  THANK YOU Bill and Carolyn.  We had a wonderful time.

Bill Downing, Carolyn's husband and go-to computer guy!

We found our way back to I-75 South and crossed over into Kentucky at about 7:30pm, and drove south through the beautiful green countryside until we reached Lexington.

To end this evening’s entry, I will leave you with a beautiful image…Lauren Bacall…from the wall on Arnold’s Tavern in Cincinnati:

Tune in tomorrow to see what trouble we can get into in Lexington, Kentucky…


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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. trouble?? You??? Nah!

  2. the only place I haven’t been in this list is Duttenhofers.

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