Photo of exterior of Inklings Bookshop. Overlay: circular logo: Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 29, 2023. 10th Anniversary.

Independent Bookstore Day

Inklings Bookshop in Yakima, WA

Today is Independent Bookstore Day!

To celebrate, I’m featuring a delightful store we visited last summer (July 2022) on our first road trip emerging from COVID-19 lockdown. Because it had been so long since we could travel anyplace to visit a bookstore, we made it a priority to look for some on this trip. 

And I was so excited to find this one: 

Inklings Bookshop
5629 Summitview Ave
Yakima, WA 98908

When we walked through the door, we were greeted by so much bookish good stuff, like the month’s featured display of Where’s Waldo?

A 3-level round display featuring many "Where's Waldo?" books. On the top level sits a Waldo doll: A male figure with eyeglasses, wearing a red and while horizontal striped shirt and blue jeans.

I especially liked the way the store presents the origin of its name.

A wooden display nook labeled Inklings, with small decorative lights along the top and the 2 sides. Along the bottom edge is a hand-lettered quotation: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me" by C.S. Lewis. Inside the display is a hand-lettered sign explaining the origin of the Inklings as a writing and discussion club consisting of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy Sayers, G.K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, and others.

I also enjoyed seeing the shelf quotations throughout the store.

I haven’t gotten into Book Tok, but Inklings has.

A display that says Book Tok: The Most Popular Book Tok titles at Inklings!

And of course every reader knows that a good mug of coffee or tea necessarily accompanies any good book. You’d be hard pressed NOT to find one you like here.

Background: bookshelves. Foreground: a 3-level round display featuring lots of mugs with book-related quotations.

There’s so much to love in this store, and I got a good start on my winter holiday shopping. If you’re ever in Yakima, Washington, be sure to stop by.

Here are some other suggestions of bookstores to visit when next you travel:

10 of the Best Indie Bookstores in the World

© 2023 by Mary Daniels Brown

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