Book Scouting in Georgia

As we headed north into Georgia, our first stop was to be Books Again in Decatur, GA on Atlanta’s edge.   Usually we call ahead before arriving at a store (just to make sure the store is open and the location hasn’t changed), but we didn’t this time.  When we arrived we were sadly disappointed to find the store empty.  A call to the store owner rang but went unanswered.  Disappointing, because we had been here two years before and really enjoyed this shop!

We moved on to Atlanta Vintage Books in Chamblee, Georgia just a few miles away.

Atlanta Vintage Books, 3660 Clairmont Rd., Chamblee, GA

Atlanta Vintage Books, 3660 Clairmont Rd., Chamblee, GA

We visited this shop about two years ago and we are happy to report that this store is still thriving.  In business for over twenty years, the store has 5,000 square feet of space on two floors and over 70,000 books.  Inventory ranges from reading quality to highly collectible.

Inside Atlanta Vintage Books

Inside Atlanta Vintage Books

The folks here are always friendly and helpful! This was our second visit to Atlanta Vintage Books; we posted a blog about this store two years ago when we traveled through the area.

Proprietor Bob Roarty (Atlanta Vintage Books) with Ron

Proprietor Bob Roarty (Atlanta Vintage Books) with Ron

Moving north, we stopped for the evening in Acworth, one of our favorite Georgia towns.  We always look forward to eating at Henry’s Louisiana Grille!

Henry's Louisiana Grill, Acworth, GA

Henry’s Louisiana Grill, Acworth, GA

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crawfish races in Henry’s Louisiana Grill – proceeds go to charity

Crawfish boil dinner at Henry's

Crawfish boil dinner at Henry’s

After eating a superb meal at Henry’s, we wandered up the street and discovered this wonderful book store, and to our delight, it was still open…

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Acworth Book Store and Coffee Shop, Acworth, Georgia

This store stocks new books, used books, local history, gifts and some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted!  The store is owned by Guy W. Condra, and he is very knowledgeable about the area’s history.  He also had some interesting antiquarian books and signed local history in his store. We made some purchases, including a German WWII “cigarette stamp” book, complete with original dust jacket.

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Here I am with Guy Condra, Proprietor of Acworth Bookstore & Coffee Shop – Acworth, Georgia

In the store we also had the pleasure of meeting Todd Beckett (below) enthusiastic publisher of the local newspaper, the Northside News, which serves the communities of Acworth and Kennesaw, Georgia.

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Todd Beckett holding the first edition, first issue of the Northside News!

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Guy and Todd were wonderful hosts and put the crowning touch on our evening in Acworth!

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