358 River Street · Manistee, MI

Our Story

10365885_774326675931810_7252017599801520011_nWelcome to Happy Owl Bookshop.  There is no one like us in person, and no one like us online.  We are not owned by a corporation, we are not part of a chain.  We are that increasingly rare thing — a tiny independent bookshop.  We exist to keep real conversations between book lovers alive.  We exist to nourish and build a community based on books.  We are a neighborhood bookshop.

The Happy Owl Bookshop is a wonderful little independent bookshop in the heart of Manistee’s downtown district.  We are filled to the brim with new books, educational toys, newspapers, cards and gifts.  Relax for a moment as you make your selections in our comfy furnishings surrounded with a bit of whimsy to make your shopping experience memorable.  We hope you take the time to enjoy a careful curated collection, and the latest award winners, the classics, your childhood favorites, books from which you can learn, and books that delight and entertain you.

We also special order books for no additional charge and we appreciate these orders.  If you don’t see what you are looking for on the shelf, just ask and we’ll be happy to check to see if we could order it for you.

We are committed to finding and stocking the very best in children’s books.  We hope that our lovingly crafted reading nook with cozy kids chairs, will be one of those special spots children use happily and remember fondly.

And remember, this bookshop is your creation too!  Give us your suggestions for books, authors, and events.  Join us for great book discussions and author readings.

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”–Henry Ward Beecher

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