Zach Murphy shows that the small family business is still alive and well

Zach Murphy shows that the small family business is still alive and well

Murphy’s Loft, a used bookstore in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, has a lot more to offer customers than just books. With separate rooms for art and collectible vendors, the friendly, family run store is full of personality as it works toward rebuilding its formerly massive collection of books. Run by Zach Murphy, the grandson of the store’s former owner, Murphy’s Loft is open Wednesdays through Saturdays 11-5, and Sundays 12:30-5. This weekend I went to the Loft, tucked away in a renovated barn, and met Zach and got to hear first hand the story of the store’s near closing, and how important Murphy’s Loft is to its customers. You can hear it for yourself below! Then and Now: Zach Murphy […]

Looking ahead: Philadelphia book festival, National library week, and more

There are a couple of events within the next couple of weeks that I’m looking forward to attending and posting about. The Philadelphia Book Festival is returning to the city April 14-20, and has expended this year to include events at all of the city’s 54 library locations. The festival is part of Philadelphia’s celebration of National Library week, also spanning April 14-20. I hope to attend and cover one or more of the events at the festival, taking photos and videos of the experience. I’m also hoping to interview the owner of Murphy’s Loft, a book shop in Mullica Hill, New Jersey and share  the audio of the interview this time around. With Spring weather just around the corner, […]

The Last Word’s Larry Maltz shares his love of books

The Last Word’s Larry Maltz shares his love of books

Continuing my exploration of local book stores, I discovered the Last Word Bookshop, owned by Larry Maltz, a Philadelphia native book lover with a passion for what he does. I got to talk to him about his store, favorite books, and what he thinks about the future of small book businesses. The Last Word has over 60,000 books covering a wide range of subjects, and buys and trades books as well. The shop also has long hours, perfect for students or people who work late hours: they’re open from 10 AM to 10 PM. Who: Larry Maltz What: The Last Word Bookshop Where: 200 S. 40th St. Philadelphia, Pa 19104 How did you get into the book business? I worked in other […]

Philly’s Book Trader isn’t caving under e-reader pressure

Philly’s Book Trader isn’t caving under e-reader pressure

In a time where everything can be found online, it is difficult to imagine how small independent bookstores stay in business. The Book Trader shows that digital and bigger aren’t always better. The Book Trader, a small bookstore in Philadelphia’s Old City area, is located on 2nd and Market Streets, and offers a variety of used books at reasonable prices, as well as a small reading area and friendly staff. From the moment of arrival, customers are surrounded by books. There are boxes of records and books outside of the store for one dollar or less, and from there they begin the overwhelming journey through stacks upon stacks of used books. There are sections of every type of book imaginable, […]

5 bookish things to do this weekend

5 bookish things to do this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend? Whether you’re looking for a warm cup of coffee to keep you warm or a book to curl up with this snowy Saturday, there are endless possibilities. Here are five of my favorites. 1. Check out the Free Friday Nook blog. I know, I know, a bookstore blog suggesting an e-reader, but who could pass up the free books offered every Friday on the Nook blog? With each free book comes with a suggestion for further reading as well. Barnes and Noble also has a selection of free e-books, as does Amazon. 2. If e-readers aren’t your style, you might consider these indie bookstores. Located in and around Philadelphia, they offer used books, […]

Hello!

Hello, my name is Amy Sachs, an English major at Rowan University. Being an English major, books are one of my favorite things, with coffee coming in at a close second – gotta stay awake somehow! What goes together better than a fresh cup of coffee and a book you can’t pull yourself away from? Few things come to mind. This blog is part of a class assignment, and over the course of the semester I plan to visit book and coffee shops in the Philadelphia area, exploring new places, books, and coffee and sharing what I find.