BOOK SCOUTING TRIP – Day 5: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

I found a little block of time this morning to catch you up on our travels!  We had a fun day on Wednesday, June 5 while in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Our first stop, was at a unique shop called Ottawa House Books located at 602 Water Street.

Ottawa House Books, Eau Claire, WI

Ottawa House Books, Eau Claire, WI

20130605_124004_resizedThe book store is housed in an historical building which is painted with literary murals by a local artist.  It is owned by Charles W. Vanden Breul and was established in 1980.   Charles is an engaging and interesting fellow who we enjoyed visiting with during our stop.  We also found some great books in his store — some decorated bindings, Modern Library Editions, and more.  He has a large well organized inventory, with plenty of interesting stock.

Interior at Ottawa House Books

Interior at Ottawa House Books

Here I am outside the book shop with Charles…

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Charles Vanden Breul, owner of Ottawa House Books — with me outside the store

Our second stop in Eau Claire was the Antique Emporium & Main Street Galleries at 306 Main Street.  Because of massive construction on Main Street, it was a bit of a challenge getting there!

construction on Main Street in Eau Claire.  Our goal -- reaching that Antique Emporium on the corner

construction on Main Street in Eau Claire. Our goal — reaching that Antique Emporium on the corner

We had visited the Antique Emporium three years ago, and knew that a well-stocked book section awaited us.  We parked the car a couple of blocks over and made our way across and around the work area.

Hugh Passow owns the Antique Emporium, which has two floors of gorgeous antiques, a large book and ephemera section, and a rare book room.

Book area at Antique Emporium, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Book area at Antique Emporium, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

We were able to find some nice decorated bindings here.

We hit the highway in the late afternoon and arrived in Minnesota in time for dinner at The Ox Yoke Inn in Lyndale, Minnesota, right in the area where I grew up.  I used to ride my horse to this place!

Ox Yoke Inn, Lyndale, Minnesota

Ox Yoke Inn, Lyndale, Minnesota

We are now in Maple Plain, Minnesota staying with my wonderful sister Jeanette and her husband, Ken.  We have more book hunting in store in the Twin Cities area — further updates will be coming soon!

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  1. Glad to hear you are picking up some dec. bindings and hope to find them online soon. Thanks much. Cheers, John aka binderfinder

    • Hi John – nice to hear from you! We are scouring the cities and countryside for books. Hope you’ll find some you like when we are done cataloging them. Cheers back to you – Cathy and Ron


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